When a person is a victim of a crime, such as assault, battery, rape, or robbery, it might be difficult to find the perpetrator and bring that individual to justice. A victim might not be able to pursue criminal charges against the assailant or obtain compensation from that person, but they may be able to seek financial compensation from the owner or manager of the property where the crime occurred if adequate security measures were not in place.
According to O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1, “Where an owner or occupier of land, by express or implied invitation, induces or leads others to come upon his premises for any lawful purpose, he is liable in damages to such persons for injuries caused by his failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.”
If you were a victim of a crime, an Atlanta negligent security lawyer might be able to help you pursue financial compensation by filing a lawsuit against the owner or occupier of the property where the crime occurred.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, might be able to secure a financial award to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call our office at (800) 235-0444 to speak with a member of our team.
Security Measures Building Owners Can Take
Businesses, apartment buildings, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other locations should have appropriate security measures in place to keep customers, residents, and visitors safe and to deter crime, both inside a building and in a parking lot or garage. An apartment building owner has a duty to restrict access only to authorized individuals and allow tenants to walk safely from their vehicles to the building.
Security measures may vary, depending on the type of location and specific circumstances, but they may include adequate lighting, locks on exterior doors, surveillance cameras, and guards.
A building’s owner or manager might be found liable for a person’s injuries if security measures were not put in place or appropriately maintained. Outdoor lights are of no use if they are broken or remain unrepaired for weeks or months. Locks cannot keep people safe if they are broken or if former employees still have working keys. Surveillance cameras cannot deter crime if they do not work correctly or if they are not located in areas where criminals could target people. Security guards cannot protect people if they are not appropriately trained.
For a free legal consultation with a negligent security lawyer serving Atlanta, call 800-896-1221
When a Property Owner Could Be Held Liable
The owner or possessor of a property could be held liable for a victim’s injuries and losses if he or she was negligent. If the crime the person suffered was foreseeable, and if appropriate security measures could have prevented the crime or reduced the risk of a crime occurring, the owner or possessor of the property may be found negligent and held liable.
To demonstrate that the owner of the property was liable, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, will have to show that the owner had a duty to take measures to protect people from possible crimes, that the owner failed to meet that duty, and that you were injured because of that breach of duty.
If other, substantially similar crimes had occurred on the same property or in the surrounding area, or if the property is located in an area known for its high crime rate, the crime that you suffered may have been foreseeable.
If the owner failed to take appropriate security measures to protect people from other possible crimes, the individual may be held liable. Owners and occupiers of land owe a higher duty of care to invitees, including tenants and customers, than to licensees, or people who enter the property without the owner’s invitation, and trespassers, according to O.C.G.A. § 51-3-2.
If you were a victim of a crime, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate to find out whether the owner of the property failed to take adequate security measures to protect people from criminal acts by third parties. If so, that party might be found negligent and held liable for your injuries. Give our team a call today.
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How an Atlanta Negligent Security Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
Our team can investigate to learn whether security measures were or were not in place at the time. We can interview you, employees who work at the business, tenants who live in the building, customers or guests who were present at or around the time of the attack, and others who might be able to provide useful information.
We also could request documents from the owner to learn about security measures that were in place so that we can figure out whether they were adequate. Our team can review maintenance and repair records to find out if lights, security cameras, and other safety features were working as intended. If the property has one or more security guards, we can review personnel records to find out if they were qualified and had received appropriate training.
If we discover negligence on the part of the property owner, we might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and seek a financial award to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Get in Touch with an Attorney
You do not have a lot of time to seek justice. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of injury. The sooner you contact an Atlanta negligent security lawyer, the sooner we will be able to get to work.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates on a contingency model. That means that we do not charge upfront fees to clients who seek help with personal injury cases. We collect a fee only if we obtain a financial award for an injured client. Call our office today at (800) 235-0444 to discuss your case with a member of our team.