Accidental injuries are often not an accident at all, but instead are the result of another’s negligent actions. Under Section 51-1-2 of the Georgia Code of Laws, negligence is defined as failing to take certain acts that a reasonably prudent person would take under similar circumstances. Examples of negligence include the following:
- A retail store supervisor who fails to ensure employees post signs notifying customers of wet or slippery floors, resulting in slip and fall injuries;
- A restaurant owner who fails to ensure safe food handling techniques and storage, resulting in an outbreak of food poisoning;
- A dog owner who fails to follow local leash laws, resulting in dog bites and attacks; and
- A driver who fails to adhere to posted speeds, resulting in a car accident.
In the above cases, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries from the person who committed the negligent act. There are also certain cases which are classified as gross negligence. Under Section 51-1-4 of the Georgia Code, these involve injuries caused by another person whose actions are contrary to basic common sense and fail to show the care even the most inattentive person might show under similar circumstances. Cases involving drunk drivers, distributors of products with known defects, and stores that fail to notify customers of obvious construction hazards all have the potential to be judged in a court of law as grossly negligent, entitling victims to additional damages for their injuries.