Businesses, hotels, and apartments must ensure that their guests and tenants aren’t exposed to needless risks. Unfortunately, many of them cut corners to save a few dollars. Sooner or later, those risky choices cause serious injures. If you were attacked at a business, hotel, or apartment, you need to contact an Atlanta negligent security lawyer.
Our Atlanta premises liability lawyers have successfully represented negligent security victims for decades. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got the answers.
What is a Negligent Security Claim?
If a criminal attacked you at a business, hotel, or apartment, you may be able to sue the property owner if they improperly secured the premises. Property owners must take reasonable steps to protect their guests and tenants from “foreseeable harms,” such as violent attacks. For instance, they should:
- Hire nighttime security guards
- Install surveillance cameras
- Maintain secure doors, locks, and gates
- Adequately train their employees
- Properly light the premises
- Monitor local crime reports
- Warn tenants and guests about local crimes
If someone attacked you, or killed someone you love, you should contact an Atlanta negligent security lawyer. Your lawyer will investigate how you were injured. If you didn’t incite the attack, your lawyer will investigate whether the property owner properly secured the premises. If they didn’t secure the premises, your lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Successful negligent security claims demonstrate the following five elements:
- You were a property guest or tenant
- A landlord owned or managed that property
- A criminal attacked you at that property
- The owner should have anticipated that attack
- The owner should have taken proper safety precautions to prevent that attack
Negligent Security Claim Compensation
Many negligent security victims are killed by gunfire or knife attacks. If the victim didn’t incite the attack and the property owner improperly secured the premises, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim. Spouses, children, and parents of the deceased are all potential claimants. Also, estate representatives can file wrongful death claims.
Wrongful death claims enable you to recover compensation for the loss of your loved one’s care and companionship. If the deceased was your family’s breadwinner, you can also recover damages to cover your lost household income. Additionally, funeral expenses are recoverable.
If the victim survived the attack, they still may have serious injuries. For instance, many negligent security victims are permanently impaired or paralyzed. Negligent security victims can recover the following damages:
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
Even if your injuries were moderate, you should still consider filing a negligent security claim. That way, other property guests and tenants won’t suffer similar attacks.
Atlanta Negligent Security Claim Filing Deadlines
There is a two-year window to file negligent security claims. Georgia’s statute of limitations (SOL) encourages victims to act quickly before memories fade and evidence disappears. If you don’t file your negligent security claim before the SOL expires, the court may dismiss your case.
Two years might sound like a long time. But, it’s not. For instance, negligent security investigations may take many months. It also often takes 3-6 months for your lawyer to acquire your medical records. If medical causation is disputed, your lawyer may also have to hire an expert to review the case before filing it. Therefore, you should contact an Atlanta negligent security lawyer ASAP.
Our Atlanta Negligent Security Lawyers Can Help You
If you are the victim of a violent criminal act while you were a guest on another’s property, our Atlanta premises liability lawyers can help you. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for negligent security victims. We’re glad to help you, as well. Just give us a call.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta negligent security lawyer.