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Family Purpose Doctrine Affects Household

In Georgia parents may not be held liable for their household members solely due to their parent-child relationship; however, they can still be liable for children and all other household members in specific situations. The Family Purpose Doctrine concerns one such specific situation that may make the head of household liable for the conduct of a spouse or child, whether a minor or adult, during the use of a vehicle. Family Purpose Doctrine and Vehicle Use Parents may find themselves liable for the conduct of their children while using or driving a vehicle where injury occurred. In Georgia if a […]

Facebook Posts of Child Makes Parents Liable

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that parents can be held liable for their child’s Facebook posts. This decision could now set a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity. Child’s Facebook Posts Bring Lawsuit In the Georgia case of Boston vs Athearns, the Bostons sought damages for libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress and claimed the Athearns (parents) made no effort to compel their child to delete or remove the fake Facebook page he made about their child. The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the negligence claims against the parents and […]

Parental Responsibility Laws and Fines

Georgia has a number of parental responsibility laws that can hold a parent or guardian liable for both criminal and civil acts that a minor may be involved in. The liability may include financial responsibility up to $10,000 plus court costs in property damage and/or medical expenses. Parental Responsibility Duty In Georgia, parental responsibility refers to the liability for both the criminal and civil acts committed by a minor, or child under 18 years of age. The law implies that parents have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to supervise their minor child, and they may become legally and […]

Slip and Fall Injuries Exceed Millions Every Year

Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of occupational injury for those aged 15 to 24 years of age, as well as the leading cause at 85% of workers’ compensation claims. With falls accounting for over 8 million, or over 21% of emergency room visits, slip and fall injuries account for over 1 million visits or 12% of total falls. Slip and Fall Accidents Affect Public Safety Injuries incurred from a slip or fall can occur anywhere to anyone. Many premises liability cases are filed when a customer is injured due to unsafe conditions, poor maintenance of the property, […]

Marijuana Arrests Put Georgia 6th in Nation

The State of Georgia takes a serious stand against illegal drugs. When it comes to arrest statistics, marijuana possession accounts for more than 90% of all forms of marijuana arrests. Georgia ranks 6th for marijuana arrest drug charges and crimes; New York, Texas, Florida, California, and Illinois, are ranked one through five. Georgia Penalties for Marijuana Arrests While Marijuana is not a scheduled substance it is regulated under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Charges may be filed as a misdemeanor or felony. The penalties, fines and/or terms of imprisonment vary for marijuana arrests of possession, possession with intent to sell, […]

Negligent Security Liability Claim Your Legal Option

There are two types of premises liability claims that can be filed against a property owner for injuries that happen on their property or land. Negligent security liability, one of the two types, is a claim against a property owner for harm caused through the reckless or intentional criminal conduct of another person. This claim places a duty on the land or business owner to protect them from the criminal acts of others that cause injury that may occur due to lack of sufficient security, lighting, or warnings for example. Common Locations for Claims Claims for negligent security are typically […]

Back to School Safety is Everyone’s Business

Every fall when school starts back up drivers are faced with more traffic, more delays due to a stopped and loading school bus, and an increased need of attention due to children walking or riding their bike to school. The Georgia DOT urges drivers every fall and throughout the school year to put back to school safety first when around school zones, when children are on or near the roadway, and when a school bus is loading or unloading students. School Related Vehicle Accidents Accident research data has shown that more children are hit by a car near a school […]

Dog Bite Liability Law After an Attack

The State of Georgia imposes strict liability law statutes regarding any dog bite. While the law covers injury to a person, certain criteria need to be met in order for the dog owner to become liable for any injuries their dog causes. Dog Bite Criteria In Georgia, dog bite liability needs to meet three criteria in order for the State statutes to impose liability on the dog owner. The three criteria are: The dog must first be considered vicious or dangerous; within city limits this can be demonstrated as easily as showing the animal was required to be leashed per […]

Georgia Parking Tickets Can Lead to Big Fines

The State of Georgia has numerous violations for which you could receive parking tickets. The fines for a parking ticket may vary depending on the area, or jurisdiction, where you received your ticket and fine. Each jurisdiction in Georgia has its own local ordinances, but the parking laws listed below apply to all jurisdictions in the state. Disputing Parking Tickets in Georgia Disputes for parking tickets must be made within 14 days from the date of the ticket. A copy of the ticket must accompany the dispute form. Specific information regarding the ticket number must be included. It may take up to 60 […]

Shoplifting in Georgia Serious Offense

Atlanta, Georgia ranks in the top 10 U.S. cities for the crime of shoplifting. Shoplifting is serious business and a serious offense. Nationwide there are over half a million shoplifting incidents daily, which account for over 35 million dollars of merchandise stolen every day. The most common items stolen are groceries, cosmetics, electronics, and clothing. Georgia Laws on Shoplifting In Georgia shoplifting is a serious crime. Shoplifting, under Georgia law, is a person who commits the offense of theft by shoplifting either alone or with another person with the intent of taking merchandise for their own use without paying for […]