GEORGIA AMUSEMENT PARK FOUND RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSAULT TO A PATRON OFF PARK PREMISES
A Georgia amusement park was found liable for injuries that a patron incurred as a result of an assault that occurred off park premises. The Georgia Supreme Court recently upheld a jury verdict against an Atlanta area amusement park for an assault of one of its patrons that occurred at a nearby bus stop. The Supreme Court found that responsibility in this premises liability case rested with the amusement park for the patrons off premises injuries due to the failure on the part of the amusement park to exercise ordinary care in keeping it premises safe. More particularly, the Court looked at evidence presented of gang activity on the park grounds, employment of gang members at the park, and other similarly occurring crimes in the vicinity of the park attributed to gangs. The Court ruled that the park was on notice of the potential danger to its visitors when the same group that assaulted the patron off premises also accosted a family on the park premises earlier that day. The failure to keep its premises safe caused the amusement park to be responsible for the acts of the assailants that hung around the park looking for their next victims. In Georgia, there are several legal factors and fact considerations that can determine if a landowner or business may be held responsible for persons injured on or near their premises. Please contact Rumsey & Ramsey at (770) 394-9400 to discuss your premises liability case with an attorney.