Negligent Security By Property Owners in Atlanta, Georgia
How Do You Define Negligent Security?
Negligent security cases arise when an individual is injured or killed because of carelessness or neglect on the part of property owners or businesses. Such incidents can occur in parking lots, apartment buildings, hotels, malls, retail stores, office buildings, and other places of business. People have a right to personal safety while they are on someone else’s business property. Businesses have a duty to provide reasonably safe environments for their clients and customers. If a property owner does not fulfill this duty, they may be liable for injuries to people that occur on their property. An experienced knowledgeable attorney with a background in security negligence will help you determine whether you have a case.
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What Is the Responsibility of the Property Owner for Security in Georgia?
Although under normal circumstances a premises owner has no duty to protect others from harm caused by the criminal act of a third party, the law recognizes that there is an exception if the criminal act is foreseeable. If the criminal at is foreseeable, the law imposes a duty on the premises owner to take reasonable measures to protect their guests. The Restatement of Torts 2nd § 344 provides that landowners are liable for failing to exercise reasonable care to (a) discover that such acts are being done, or (b) give adequate warning so visitors can avoid the harm. Thus, whether or not there is liability for negligence in a negligent security case often turns on the issue of foreseeability. Our lawyers will help you determine whether you have a legitimate case for your injury or wrongful death.
Generally, negligent security cases in Atlanta and Georgia typically involve:
- Inadequate security measures, procedures, and/or facility design;
- Inadequate lighting;
- Inadequate gate or key control (such as hotels, motels, or apartments);
- Inadequate number or quality of security personnel.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to possible negligent security, call the law firm of Slappey & Sadd, LLC at 404-255-6677 for a free evaluation of your case.