WHAT IS GEORGIA’S ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE DOCTRINE?

While having a swimming pool or a jungle gym in your backyard might make for a wonderful home with great reason to spend more time outside when the weather is nice, it’s important to recognize the risk one of these features might bring. Georgia’s personal injury law includes a statute known as the “Attractive Nuisance Doctrine” which holds premises owners accountable for the safety of children who enter their property because of a feature when they do not recognize the risk.

This particular law is very different from most premises liability laws, since normally trespassers are afforded very little required care from property owners by law. The main difference is this exception has to do with children, who may not recognize the risk a particular property feature may present.

These features could all be considered an attractive nuisance:

  • Swimming pool
  • Jungle gym/playground equipment
  • Trampoline
  • Refrigerators (and other appliances)
  • Abandoned cars
  • Piles of wood

Take a swimming pool for example. A young child may see a swimming pool and be drawn to it out of curiosity. However, they don’t recognize the drowning risk that a swimming pool can present. So if a child were to become injured or drown in an unsecured swimming pool on someone else’s property, that property owner could be held liable.

If a loved one has been injured on the property of another due to an attractive nuisance, you may be entitled to compensation. A skilled Dalton personal injury attorney can help you determine whether or not you have a personal injury case, and can provide you with reputable legal counsel throughout your injury lawsuit. The McMahan Law Firm, LLC has provided top-rated legal services for the Dalton area for more than 25 years of combined legal experience. With more than $15 million in settlement awards for our clients to date, our case success record speaks for itself.

Call the McMahan Law Firm, LLC and request a case evaluation at (706) 956-2395 today.