Dangerous conditions can make a business unsafe for people who visit the business. In a restaurant, slippery floors due to uncleaned spills and failure to post signs of a dangerous walkway, hallway, or room, for example are common scenarios that can lead to grave injury and even death of restaurant patrons. The following post will discuss restaurant liability for dangerous conditions that lead to serious injury of patrons.
Sun Dial Accident
A little over a week ago, a 5-year-old child died after getting his head stuck between a rotating floor and wall at a popular Atlanta restaurant. The child wandered away from his parents and got stuck between the floor and wall, suffering severe head injuries, that led to his death. The restaurant, Sun Dial is a popular attraction because the cocktail lounge, observation deck, and restaurant rotate providing restaurant patrons with a 360-degree view of Atlanta.
Premises Liability Law in Georgia
Premises liability is a category of law that focuses on situations in which someone is injured or killed while they are on or near property owned or controlled by another person. Unmarked hazardous areas create dangerous conditions that can make a home, business, or land unsafe for persons who visit such premises.
A premises liability lawsuit can be brought against a homeowner, landlord, retailer, business, franchise, property manager, or government entity that negligently failed to keep its premises reasonably safe for use by a tenant, customer, patron, or other invitee and warn them of a dangerous condition. In cases involving government buildings, any member of the public is an invitee.
Examples of Dangerous Conditions
The following is a list of dangerous conditions often encountered in homes, business, land plots, or public buildings that lead to serious injuries.
- Bad lighting or burnout bulbs
- Broken smoke detectors
- Broken stairs or handrail
- Building code violations
- Contaminated water
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Dangerous animals
- Falling merchandise
- Inadequate security
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Poor maintenance or disrepair
- Slippery floors
- Swimming pools
- Unmarked steps
Duty of Care
A Georgia property owner is required to exercise reasonable care and to keep property reasonably safe for any invitee while they are approaching, exiting, or present on the premises. An invitee is anyone who lawfully uses or comes on the premises at the express or implied invitation of the property or business owner.
Injured in a Restaurant or other Premises or Business? Call Cash, Krugler & Fredericks
The law firm of Cash, Krugler & Fredericks represents victims of serious injuries because of the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. When the injuries lead to the death of a loved one, family members may pursue wrongful death actions in addition to the survivor suit. Specializing in auto and trucking accidents, spinal cord injuries, elevator accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, defective products, and premise liability matters, contact Cash Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a comprehensive review of your claim or call us at (404) 659-1710.