Injuries that Occur at Social Gatherings
When you head to a party, picnic, barbecue, or another type of get-together, you likely expect to sit back, relax, and simply have a good time with family or friends. Unfortunately, a large number of injuries occur at parties that take place in homes, backyards, parks, schools, and more each year. Whether or not an injured victim can recover from the host of the party will depend on many different factors, so it is always a good idea to discuss what happened with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Premises liability claims
If your injury occurs because of a dangerous condition on the property, the owner of the home, business, or park where the gathering took place may be liable for any resulting injuries under premises liability1 law. Accidents that can lead to premises liability claims include as follows:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Accidents involving dangerous items—such as weapons—left accessible to children
- Slip and falls
- Falls from heights or down stairs
Many people may have dogs present at parties or barbecues. Dogs who are not used to being around groups of people or large amounts of activity may get spooked and may react by biting or attacking a guest at the party. Georgia law2 is very specific regarding when a dog bite victim can recover for their injuries and a dog bite lawyer can advise you of your rights in your particular situation.
Product liability claims
Sometimes, injuries can occur due to defective, malfunctioning, or unreasonably dangerous products. Grills, sports equipment, and other items commonly present at get-togethers may cause injury to guests. In such situations, simply because the injury took place on another person’s property does not mean that the property owner and host will be liable. Instead, often the company that negligently designed, manufactured, and sold the dangerous or defective product may be held liable.
Contact a personal injury attorney in Cumming, Georgia for a free consultation
If you or your child suffers injury at a social gathering, it is always wise to consult with a lawyer regarding how you can recover. Please call the law office of Boling Rice, LLC in Cumming, Georgia at 770-887-3162 for free today.