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We can hold careless businesses legally liable for your injuries.
Our Georgia negligent security lawyers have more than 20 years of experience.
No one can predict violent crime with absolute certainty. But it’s possible to anticipate when certain situations and environments might be more attractive to criminals than others—either because of the location or the nature of the crime.
In many cases, the property owners or operators should take reasonable steps to improve security on their property by hiring guards, installing security cameras, improving lighting, limiting their hours and more. When they fail to take basic steps to safeguard their customers or guests, and somebody is hurt as a result, the property or business owner can be held liable in a negligent security lawsuit.
Meet Georgia personal injury lawyer Charles Scholle
Charles Scholle and the Scholle Law team have more than 2 decades of experience helping Georgia residents recover compensation for serious personal injuries they suffered because of someone else’s negligence, such as a property owner or manager. We’ve represented the victims of inadequate security and their families in some of the most preventable and tragic situations imaginable. We invite you to tell us your story and learn more about how an Atlanta negligent security lawsuit works.
Negligent security is a type of premises liability law, which holds property owners or operators responsible for injuries and accidents that occur on their property. Under Georgia’s premises liability law, negligent security applies to businesses, but also to landlords of rental properties, hotels, religious institutions and anyone else who can reasonably anticipate violent crime. Negligent or inadequate security holds Georgia property owners responsible when they fail to take reasonable security measures to prevent violent crime.
Consider a family whose child is fatally injured on her way to her vehicle due to poor lighting in a parking lot. Consider a property owner who knows that other incidents of assault or injury have occurred in that parking lot, but did nothing to prevent more violence from happening again. This level of reckless disregard for the safety of others and pure negligence is the tragic consequence of the failure to create a safe environment.
What our inadequate security lawyers can do for you
Scholle Law is staffed by a phenomenal team of experienced, ethical lawyers and legal professionals who maintain the highest standards in the state. Our attorneys understand that a property owner can be held liable for something as simple as failing to replace broken locks or as drastic as hiring an incompetent private security firm.
For example, the owner of an apartment building in a neighborhood that has recently seen a series of break-ins should ensure its locks and intercom system are in good working order, or the owner may be liable in a negligent security lawsuit for injuries to victims assaulted or raped on the property.
Our injury lawyers have represented those who have been seriously injured due to inadequate security in hotels, apartments, cruise ships, parking lots and other public places. Our client reviews and record of success demonstrate to all who come to us for help and guidance that we are who we say we are. We do what we promise to do. We will fight for your rights and will do that with the utmost care and concern. We will keep you in the loop throughout your case so that you never feel as though you have been abandoned.
Who is legally responsible for injuries from foreseeable crimes?
The primary responsibility for a crime rests upon the person (or people) who committed it, of course. But there are situations when crime can reasonably be anticipated. Businesses and residences in high-crime neighborhoods are one example, especially when their property is poorly lit or unguarded.
Similarly, if a neighborhood has seen a string of recent robberies or attacks, landlords might need to take steps to secure a rental property and the safety of their tenants. Other businesses and proper owners might be at higher risk of being targeted by criminals because of the nature of what they do.
Common examples of inadequate security cases involve:
- Poorly lit parking lots or parking garages
- Lack of security cameras
- Apartment buildings without adequate security measures
- Lack of fences or gates (particularly surrounding public or private pools)
- Inadequate locks or no locks at all
- Lack of sufficient security measures for a business that handles large amounts of cash
- No working alarm system
- Extended threats or combative behavior from someone on the premises
- Failure to warn customers or guests about dangers on the premises
- They were authorized and invited onto the property (not a trespasser).
- The property owner had a duty to maintain reasonably safe premises.
- The owner failed to protect their guests from foreseeable violence or crime.
- The violence or crime wouldn’t have occurred if reasonable security measures were taken.
- The plaintiff suffered real damages as a result of the violence or crime.
Where does inadequate security arise?
All property and business owners in Georgia have a responsibility to protect you against preventable criminal attacks such as rape, assault and other criminal acts. However, the places where these types of premises liability cases most often arise include:
- Parking lots and garages
- Shopping centers and malls
- Hotels and motels
- Apartment and condominium complexes
- Public parks
- Nightclubs and bars
- Bus and train stations
- Office buildings
- Sporting events and arenas
- Concert venues
- College campuses and schools
- Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- Construction sites
- Convenience stores
- Banks and ATM locations
What injuries arise from negligent security cases?
Because negligent security cases typically involve violent crime, the injuries are often very serious, particularly if there was a gun involved.
Negligent security injuries can be life-threatening or leave the victim with a permanent disability. Other injuries might include:
In many of these cases, these injuries may require months or years of treatment, substantial physical pain and emotional trauma, and sometimes a life-changing disability. These injuries can also cost a fortune in medical bills, lost wages if victims can’t work and disability accommodations.
Victims of inadequate security can get compensation — let Scholle Law show you how
Property owners can’t predict the future, but they can (and should) take reasonable steps to protect people who are invited onto the property if they know their business or residence is attractive to criminals. Not taking appropriate action to prevent this harm to guests and customers is called negligence. When people are seriously injured as a result of this negligence, those people have the right to claim financial payments for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about negligent security in Georgia, don’t delay in contacting Scholle Law as soon as possible for your free, no-obligation consultation. We’ve helped clients across Georgia protect their rights and receive compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. Share your story with us and learn about your rights.
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