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Georgia Negligence Laws

Negligence, the legal basis for most personal injury cases, is the failure to exercise a certain degree of care in order to minimize the risk of inury to another person. For example, a homeowner who fails to fix a broken set of stairs leading to his front door could be held liable for negligence if a delivery person falls on the stairs and sustains an injury. Georgia negligence law recognizes contributory negligence, in which the plaintiff is found to be less than half liable for the injury.

Read more about Georgia negligence laws below. See Negligence: Background for a concise overview of this legal cause of action.

Code Section 51-11-7
Comparative Negligence -
Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery Claimant's contributory does not bar recovery provided his fault is less than defendant's and that by ordinary care claimant could not have avoided the consequences of defendant's negligence. However claimant's damages are diminished by amount in proportion to the amount of his fault. (§51-11-7)
Contribution Among Tortfeasors Yes; §51-12-32
Uniform Act No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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