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Atlanta Negligent Security Attorney

Georgia law requires property and business owners to keep their premises’ reasonably safe for customers, residents, and visitors. In the busy metroplex of Atlanta, that means well-lit parking lots, secure buildings, and proper security. If you suffered losses as the result of negligent security, you may be able to file a claim and receive compensation under premises liability law. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you determine the parties responsible and will demand fair compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.


What Is Negligent Security?

Public areas like parks, college campuses, shopping malls, and apartment complexes have a duty to make their premises safe for everyone who visits. If property owners fail to exercise reasonable care with regard to the ownership of their property, they may be liable for any damages that result. This principle also applies to a property’s security – if reasonable actions by a property owner could have prevented a crime or injury, then that party could be liable under Georgia premises liability law.

A victim of a crime may be able to sue a property owner for negligence under several circumstances. Some examples of negligent security include:

  • Inadequate security measures on college campuses or dormitories (poorly maintained lighting or locks, etc.).
  • Lack of security at businesses or retailers (failure to hire a security guard, install cameras, etc.).
  • Failure to prevent crime in an apartment complex (lack of security, appropriate lighting, etc.).

Negligent security claims typically arise when someone becomes the victim of a crime on someone else’s property. Some examples of harms victims may suffer include assault, battery, theft, or even rape. Many victims wonder if they should pursue a claim against the criminal who perpetrated the act, not the property owner. Though victims may want to ensure justice prevails, that’s the responsibility of the criminal courts. The criminal courts are responsible for bringing the perpetrator to justice and preventing him or her from doing future harm.

Civil courts, on the other hand, exist to protect people from negligence. Negligence security is just as dangerous as property hazards – sometimes even more so. Legally, business owners must take reasonable steps to prevent criminal activity on their property. Holding them accountable for their actions can prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The Elements of a Negligent Security Claim

Georgia law dictates the following must apply for victims to collect damages from arising from negligent security:

  • The owner of a property knew, or should have known, that a dangerous condition existed
  • You were lawfully occupying the premises
  • He or she failed to take reasonable steps to provide adequate security
  • You incurred damages as the result of this negligence

However, depending on the circumstances, other issues may exist that warrant a personal injury claim. If you’ve suffered harm because of a lack of proper security, ask an attorney whether the property owner was responsible for the area’s safety.

One of the most important aspects of a negligent security claim is whether your injuries were “foreseeable.” If the courts determine a property owner could have foreseen the potential for injury, he or she will be liable for any damages that result.

If you have been the victim of a criminal act on another party’s property, the attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you gain compensation for the damages you suffered. Contact us today and schedule a free consultation with our firm.