Throughout Atlanta, it is the owner’s duty to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of their premises and to warn a visitor of any known dangers. If this duty of care is breached and you are injured as a result, that owner can be held financially liable.
Property owners must take the appropriate measures to mop wet floors, clean broken glass, and fix uneven staircases and other such obstacles. If they are not able to fix these hazards immediately, they are responsible for posting sufficient warnings to notify visitors of the danger.
If the Property Owner Was Negligent
A dangerous condition, such as a wet floor in a grocery store, which is not attended to by staff and does not contain safety warnings, can cause serious injuries. This scenario is certainly the grounds for a dangerous premises claim. Keep in mind that businesses are liable for the negligence of their cleaning crew.
If you slip and fall on a wet floor, you should complete an accident report at the time of the incident, citing:
- What happened
- Who witnessed the accident
- The conditions that caused the fall
- Any other pertinent information such as poor lighting