Every year in Georgia and throughout the U.S., thousands of people are injured from slip-and-fall accidents. In many of these cases, it is the property owners who are to blame, but proving this can be a difficult matter. The following are just some of the factors that must be considered to prove fault in a slip-and-fall claim.
Under the premises liability laws in Georgia, business owners have the duty to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees. When a breach of this duty of care causes entrants to injure themselves in a slip, trip or fall accident, owners could be held liable. This means paying out for the victim's medical bills, lost wages and other losses. Even if the claim is dropped, owners must spend time and money defending themselves and their brand.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the main reasons for hospital visits in Georgia and throughout the country across all age groups. Older people may be particularly vulnerable to this type of accident. If a person is injured in a slip and fall accident, the premises owner might be responsible. The person might then file a slip and fall claim, which is a claim that is heard in civil court.