Criminal acts happen every day in Georgia. Obviously the principal responsibility lies with the criminal who chooses to assault, rob, rape, or even kill another person. But negligent security also plays a role. When a business or government entity invites members of the public onto its premises, Georgia law imposes a duty to protect these guests against “reasonably foreseeable” criminal acts that may be committed by third parties.
Determining whether a crime is reasonably foreseeable is often a difficult task. In most cases it requires evidence that the property owner had prior knowledge of substantially similar crimes that occurred on or near the premises. This is the kind of information the average person does not have access to–and that is where an Atlanta negligent security attorney can help.
At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, we have an experienced team that is ready to assist crime victims take action against property owners that failed to take their responsibility for the public’s safety seriously. We provide individual attention to Georgia residents who have been injured as a result of inadequate or non-existent security in the following places:
- Hotels & motels
- Shopping centers & malls
- Government buildings & MARTA stations
- Grocery stores
- Movie theaters
- Arenas & concert venues
- Theme parks
- Offices & workplaces
Negligent security incorporates not just the interiors of buildings, but any exterior spaces also under the owner’s control, such as a parking lot. In some cases it may extend even further. In a landmark 2017 ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court held Six Flags Over Georgia liable for negligent security after two criminal gangs started a fight in the parking lot. The fight continued near an adjacent Cobb County bus stop, where a man waiting for a bus was savagely beaten. The Supreme Court said this terrible crime was “reasonably foreseeable” by the park’s ownership given the long history of gang violence at the facility and management’s refusal to dedicate adequate resources to security.
Taking the Time to Address Negligent Security
Negligent security cases are among the most time-consuming precisely because it is necessary to investigate not only the property owner, but also the surrounding area. At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, we will obtain and analyze police reports to chart any crimes like yours in the area. We will closely scrutinize the property owner’s internal business records, with special emphasis on their internal security policies.
Many times owners have full knowledge of a crime problem in their area yet choose to ignore it. Even worse, some companies may actually have appropriate written security policies but fail to properly fund or follow them. Our team will find out the truth and make sure they pay if there has been negligence.
Obviously, all personal injury cases are important. But when the injury is the result of a criminal act and not simply an accident, the victim may face years of emotional trauma that will not go away even after the physical injuries have healed. The criminal justice system can deal with the perpetrators. But that will not address the negligence of property owners who fail in their most basic duty to keep people safe.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a criminal act on someone else’s property, it is in your best interest to contact an Atlanta negligent security attorney as soon as possible. There is no charge to schedule an initial consultation with our office. We just want to learn about your case so we can decide the best way to help. Call us today at 470-539-8528.