In Georgia, owners and occupiers of land owe certain duties to those who enter their premises. These duties vary according to the relationship between the owner and the person entering the premises. For example, business owners may be liable to their business invitees for failing to exercise “ordinary care” in keeping their premises and approaches safe. However, the owner or occupier’s duty to a social guest or “licensee” is to not “knowingly expose” the guest to “an unreasonable risk of harm.” The lowest duty of care is owed to trespassers which is to not injure the trespasser willfully or wantonly.
There are many types of premises liability claim in Georgia. Examples include slip and falls, inadequate security, defective stairs and railings, injuries from falling merchandise in stores, swimming pools which are not adequately fenced, exposure to dangerous chemicals, dog bites, defective ladders, and slippery surfaces. Other hazards may exist when buildings are constructed in a manner that does not comply with applicable building codes. Examples may include defective electrical wiring, failing to provide adequate handicap access to businesses, inadequate lighting, unmarked stairs or steps, and balcony or deck defects.
In order to be successful in a Georgia premises liability lawsuit, you generally must prove the following: (1) A dangerous condition existed on the property, (2) the owner or occupier of the property had knowledge of the dangerous condition (or in the exercise of ordinary care should have known about the dangerous condition), (3) the owner or occupier failed to remove or warn of the dangerous condition, and (4) the dangerous condition was the cause of your injury.
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