Premises Liability Laws Help Keep Children Safe
Keeping kids safe is one of the most important jobs parents have. But what if a child is injured on another person’s property? Do parents have any legal recourse when their children are hurt due to circumstances beyond their control?
In Georgia, we have a type of premises liability law that is designed to keep kids safe from danger they may come across on another person’s property. Attractive nuisance laws are in place to make sure that property owners take the necessary precautions to keep children safe from potentially dangerous situations. Since kids are naturally curious and inquisitive, and do not have the ability to foresee possible dangers, people who have dangerous structures or conditions on their property must take extra care to prevent harm.
If a child is injured due to a dangerous condition on another person’s property, it may be possible to pursue a negligence claim against the property owner. The damages covered in this claim can include past and future medical bill, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering that the child had to endure. Dangerous conditions include machinery, structures, or exposure to dangerous chemicals.
Not all instances of injury can result in a successful personal injury claim for damages. Certain conditions must be met for attractive nuisance laws to come into play. The location where the dangerous condition exists must be a place where children are likely to frequent. The owner is responsible for keeping kids safe who are likely to come onto his or her property. If a property owner fails to exhibit reasonable care to protect children from the danger, he or she may be held liable.
Also, the dangerous condition must be something that the child is unaware of. Natural dangers, such as bodies of water, dangerous heights, or risk of fire are generally not covered by attractive nuisance claims as children are likely to understand the safety risk associated with these things. Children are less likely to realize the danger of man-made structures such an unfamiliar machinery or equipment, or unlabeled chemicals.
If your child was injured on another person’s property, you should contact the police and make a report immediately. You should then contact a Savannah personal injury attorney in Savannah to see what rights you and your child may have.