A slip and fall accident can be embarrassing and painful – but there is the potential for a far worse outcome. A slip and fall can lead to serious or fatal injuries, particularly when the brain or spinal cord has been damaged. Falls can occur in the workplace, on a city sidewalk, in a retail setting, a concert venue, a nursing home, or virtually any location if the conditions are right.
In any urban or suburban environment, there will be a potentially dangerous mix of motor vehicles and pedestrians (or bicyclists). And in this smartphone era, where distracted driving is on the rise, commercial property owners and civil engineers need to take proactive measures to ensure pedestrian safety.
According to the Storefront Safety Council, a motor vehicle crashes into a commercial building—such as a restaurant, office suite, or retail storefront—nearly 60 times a day in the United States. This is not only dangerous for the people inside the building, but also for pedestrians in the area.
Slip-and-fall accidents are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents that we see here in Atlanta at Grant Law Office. They are routinely caused by the negligence and sheer laziness of property owners and business owners. When you visit someone else’s property, either as a guest or customer, the owner of the premises owes you a duty of care to keep you safe from dangerous conditions such as grease on the floor.
Slip and fall cases are defined as involving a victim who slips, falls, and suffers injuries due to a property owner or business operator’s negligence. These sorts of accidents can easily occur in any location, from big cities like Atlanta to smaller cities like Macon. Any place where there is a pedestrian danger that can result in a slip and fall incident. Just recently, a Texas woman sued Walgreen’s for $900,000 due to this kind of accident.
Property owners and business operators need to be aware of the elements that may cause slip and falls. Consumers also need to be aware of these factors to most importantly stay safe but also understand their legal rights. Some common triggers of slip and fall incidents include but are not limited to:
Land and property owners in Georgia have a responsibility to keep their property safe and in good repair for visitors, be it a grocery store, bank, shopping mall, doctor’s office or parking lot. If the property owner does not fulfill this responsibility, visitors, or invitees, may be entering dangerous conditions resulting from faulty construction, poor or improper maintenance, and even negligent security. If the dangerous condition causes injury, the Georgia property owner may be held liable for any losses suffered by the injured victim.
According to Georgia code § 51-3-1, “Where an owner or occupier of land, by express or implied invitation, induces or leads others to come upon his premises for any lawful purpose, he is liable in damages to such persons for injuries caused by his failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.”
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