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Law imposes a duty of care on businesses to maintain safety

Small business owners in Georgia could potentially pay for legal costs, lost income and medical bills attributed to a slip and fall or other accident on their properties. Known as premises liability, the law requires businesses to maintain a safe environment to limit dangers to customers, visitors and employees. To meet legal responsibilities or the duty of care, owners or managers need to regularly inspect their properties for hazards, post warning signs and perform timely repairs.

Event security planning varies based on event size

People in Georgia who are preparing to hold events sometimes wonder how many security guards they should hire for the safety of their guests. Put simply; the event should have enough guards to deal with situations that may arise. The more people expected at the event, the more security guards should be hired.

The best way to handle a fall at the grocery store

Even in a well-lit grocery store, it is still possible for a person to sustain injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. In most cases, Georgia law protects those who have gotten hurt because of the negligence of another party. In fact, it may be possible to file a lawsuit for an accident that occurs in the parking lot or elsewhere outside of the store.

Tourist files slip and fall claim against David Copperfield

Residents of Georgia have likely heard of the magician David Copperfield, who has become the subject of a lawsuit. A British tourist filed a claim stating that he experienced a slip and fall injury after David Copperfield asked him to take part in his magic act. The tourist's attorney explained to the jury that it was only a matter of time before an accident occurred.

Many floors fail to meet minimum ANSI slip-resistance standard

Buildings in Georgia and around the country often have floors made out of materials that have been chosen for their durability and appearance rather than their safety benefits, according to study from the risk-assessment firm CNA. The Virginia-based company looked into slip-and-fall accidents that took place over a seven-year period, and researchers found that about half of the sites they surveyed used flooring materials that failed to meet the minimum standards for slip resistance set by the American National Standards Institute.

Injuries involving stairs are becoming more common

Emergency rooms in Georgia and around the country treat an injury involving stairs about every 30 seconds according to a recent study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital. Researchers from the Ohio-based pediatric hospital looked at emergency room data compiled between 1990 and 2012, and they found that ER doctors treated 25 million stair-related injuries during this time. The study was published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and released online on Sept. 20.

The dangers of same-level slip and fall accidents for customers

Employers in Georgia may be underestimating the danger of slip and fall accidents on their premises. According to a study by New Pig, an authority in drips, leaks and spills, employers who ignore these potential hazards may suffer losses in productivity as well as significant medical costs and liability. New Pig sites data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that the highest number of workplace injuries are caused by same-level slip-and-fall accidents. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the cost for these falls was $11 billion in medical expenses and workers' compensation in 2016.

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