The Fourth of July celebrations quickly turned into a disaster for several holidaymakers in Marietta when the deck they were on collapsed suddenly. The people were standing on the deck when it suddenly pulled away from the wall and collapsed in a yard.
The deck was about 10 feet above the ground. At least seven people sustained injuries in the collapse. Fortunately, none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. At least one person suffered a head injury and five persons had to be rushed to the hospital with injuries. According to Cobb County officials, no children were injured in the deck accident. The injured included a group of adults who were having a cookout.
Premises liability claims in Georgia can be brought against private homeowners. Besides the owner of the property, the tenant or occupant at the time of the injury can be held liable in a premises liability claim. Often, persons are injured at the homes of people they know. It can be hard to bring a claim against a friend or relative. However, it’s important to know that most claims are settled through liability insurance policies.
A typical premises liability claim in Georgia can include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages will include your medical bills (hospitalization bills, doctor bills, costs of surgery, medication bills), and your lost wages. Non-economic damages can include damages for pain and suffering, including your physical pain as well as emotional anguish over the injury. Non-economic damages can be harder to tabulate, and your Atlanta premises liability lawyer will typically assist you in this evaluation.