Personal Injury

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Store Assembly Mistakes Cause Injury

Many people today do not have the time, skill, or tools needed to assemble items like a bicycle, BBQ grill, lawn mower, or other larger outdoor equipment. When a product is not put together correctly by store assembly personnel, an everyday item can become dangerous and lead to severe injuries. Personal Injury Claims Related to Store Assembly Bicycles roll out of Walmart, Target, sporting goods stores and bicycle shops all over the country every day. It has been found that those assembling the bikes are often not specially trained with the unhappy result of a poor store assembly job, which […]

Amusement Park Summertime Accidents Common

Summertime fun and good times can often be ruined by an injury or accident at a local Georgia amusement park or entertainment center. In Georgia there is a set of rules and regulations for Amusement Ride Safety that requires any theme park that operates a ride to have accident insurance coverage for liability or injuries that happen in that park. Park owners have a responsibility to make the park and the rides safe for public use. Common Georgia Amusement Parks The State of Georgia has numerous theme and water parks across the state, many around and within driving distance of […]

Top Reasons to Call a Criminal or Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people go through life without ever having the need to consult with or hire an attorney. There are numerous legal matters that do not require the services of a lawyer; however, even the smallest infraction can often lead to bigger legal issues, fines, or even jail. And personal injury cases can impact your future health and financial security. While everyone’s legal situation is different it may be wise to consult with an attorney to avoid any future problems. Good legal representation can prevent situations that you may not foresee at the time. When you Need to Call an Attorney […]

Slip and Fall Injury Claims Compensated

In Georgia a slip and fall resulting in an injury is a common everyday occurrence. The National Floor Safety Institute, or NFSI, reports that over 25,000 slip and fall accidents happen every day in the U.S. In Georgia the most common premises liability claim is for a slip or trip with a fall that causes injury and the need for medical treatment. Slip and Fall Premises Liability Claims A premises liability claim is related to a personal injury incurred while on business or private property. An injury from a slip and fall or trip and fall with injury may happen […]