Property owners and business establishments have a duty in most every state to make their premises reasonably safe for people who use or visit them. For example, in Georgia all property owners or occupiers of land must exercise ordinary care to keep the premises and approaches reasonably safe for invitees and guests. While most property owners and businesses do a pretty good job of making and keeping their premises safe, lawyers in our firm are investigating a number of cases where a person was either seriously injured or killed due to dangerous conditions existing on the premises of a business establishment.
There are numerous ways the premises of a property or business establishment could be considered to be dangerous. A very common occurrence in urban areas is insufficient security. Whether as tenants at an apartment, complex, visitors at a business, or users of a parking garage, we all rely on the security of the properties we visit. If an owner for whatever reason knows their property is unsafe, they must take adequate steps to secure their property. There could be a history of serious crimes on the premises. While most do take adequate steps, unfortunately we find in some cases the owners do the exact opposite even though they are fully aware of violent crimes occurring on the premises. Even worse, in some of the cases our lawyers are handling, the property owner involved actually touted the safety of their premises as a marketing tool when they knew the premises were not safe.
Poor maintenance of a property, including walkways, stairways, elevators, various types of equipment, decks, electrical equipment, amusement facilities, or furniture, is another common cause for serious injuries or fatalities. Our lawyers have handled cases over the years where people were electrocuted, fell from balconies or decks, or had items fall on them from raised positions, all due to poor installation or maintenance. These situations, when they go bad, can result in catastrophic and sometimes fatal, injuries.
Poor installation of structures and fixtures on the premises can cause big problems. This can lead to incidents with catastrophic results, including injuries and even deaths. Something as simple as a heavy piece of furniture that is not properly balanced can tip over and severely injure or kill a child. Our lawyers have frequently seen poor installation of decking or balconies on buildings, such as apartments, result in a collapse with serious injuries and even death to those involved.
Our lawyers are currently investigating numerous premises liability cases in Georgia involving serious injury or death. If you have any questions about premises liability, contact Chris Glover or Parker Miller, lawyers in our firm, at 800.898.2034 or by email at Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com.
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