Negligent Security Claims in Savannah
Seek Justice for Your Attack with Brooks Law Office at Your Side
Although the fault for a violent assault rests primarily with the criminal who committed it, commercial property owners also have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are secure in the first place. In the state of Georgia this is known as negligent security law, and it means you may be able to hold businesses liable if you were attacked on their property. No amount of compensation will change the past, but you can rest easier knowing our experienced and aggressive team of Savannah premises liability lawyers will fight on your behalf.
If you’ve been attacked on business property, schedule a free consultation with Brooks Law Office today at (912) 348-5188.
Common Security Requirements in Georgia
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, violent crime rates have been falling nationally for the last few decades. But violent crime still affects millions of Americans every year, and assaults can, and do, happen on business properties like apartment buildings, malls, or university dormitories. It is a property owner’s responsibility to adopt adequate security measures for their business, which can vary drastically depending on the type of property they own. There isn’t a set definition of what “adequate” security should look like, but the law does require property owners to exercise common sense and reasonable judgment.
Here are some of the security measures property owners may be expected to implement for respective property types:
- Apartment buildings and other housing properties: Residents of a housing community are particularly vulnerable to violent criminal activity, and landlords should do everything they can to prevent it. This might include installing lighting in outdoor areas, and using surveillance and alarm systems to stop potential intruders.
- Stores and shopping centers: Because stores are public spaces, it can seem impossible for a violent crime to occur—but, tragically, this is not always the case. Well-trained and prepared security guards, along with functioning surveillance cameras, can be the best defense against violent crime in these spaces.
- ATMs: It’s common knowledge that ATMs are targets for robberies and assaults. But an ATM is also a business property, and as such, its owners are responsible for installing a security camera and adequate alarm systems.
- Hotels and lodging establishments: When you stay at a hotel, you are entrusting your life to the hotel proprietors. These owners have a responsibility to install the necessary identification measures that can prevent robbery, assault, and rape from occurring in private rooms. If your room lock malfunctions or a criminal passes through the elevators, you may be eligible for damages against the hotel.
- Entertainment venues: Movie and concert-goers shouldn’t have to worry about their security, but theaters and concert halls alike are often targeted by criminals. If an entertainment venue fails to properly screen entrants or employ security professionals, they may be held accountable for violent crimes committed against you or your loved ones.
- Hospitals and clinics: Hospitals and health care facilities have a strong imperative to protect their visitors and residents, who are often sick and unable to defend themselves against attackers. Security guards, surveillance cameras, and identification requirements can help prevent these tragedies from occurring.
Compassionate Counsel on Your Negligent Security Claim
We know that surviving a violent crime can be difficult and traumatic, and the last thing you should worry about is the crushing weight of medical bills. Our team of premises liability attorneys in Savannah is here to help hold property owners accountable for endangering your life through negligence. Because your case may involve a full criminal investigation, it’s important to speak to your legal counsel before pursuing a course of action, and to get advice from a lawyer with experience in premises liability litigation.
Seek restitution for your pain and suffering after an attack. Contact Brooks Law Officefor a free and fair consultation on your security negligence case.