When a violent crime or murder is committed, one of the first questions to ask is whether the person or entity in control of the premises could have prevented the crime from occurring. Unfortunately, it is often found that an assault, rape, kidnapping, robbery, mugging, shooting or murder occurred because there was a lapse in security, including failure to provide adequate locks or employing careless security officers.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered a violent crime as the result of negligent security, you need to contact the crime victim lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC. We represent the victims of violent crimes in negligent security cases throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale.
Our crime victim attorneys can evaluate your case and determine the full extent of the compensation you deserve, including medical expenses, rehabilitation, funeral costs, lost wages, disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering, emotional distress and the loss of services or loss of comfort, care and companionship of a loved one. We also will determine whether punitive damages may be available due to the defendant’s particularly egregious misconduct.
Call us today for a free case evaluation at 404-620-4301 or contact us online.
Proving Negligent Security
To hold a party liable for negligent security in the state of Georgia, you need to show:
- The party owed a duty to exercise reasonable care to provide for your security. We can evaluate your case to determine whether this duty is established by contract or as a matter of law. Typically, the duty will be found to exist where the party is a business that owns or leases property, such as hotels, motels, apartments, houses, shopping malls, convention centers, restaurants or recreation parks. This duty also extends to taxis, buses, trains, tour operators and cruise lines, hospitals and nursing homes and schools and colleges.
- The party negligently failed to fulfill their obligation to take reasonable measures to provide security. We can examine your case to prove this element in many ways. For example, the landlord, common carrier or school did not provide working locks, security guards, security cameras, or the security equipment or personnel did not function properly.
- But for the lapse in providing adequate security, you or your loved one would not have suffered injury in the violent crime. For instance, the apartment owner knew there had been a history of muggings in a common area, stairway or hallway but took no measures to prevent those muggings. Had the apartment owner installed locks, the mugging would not have occurred.
There are many different parties who can be held responsible for negligent security, including:
In addition to compensatory damages, the crime victim attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC believe strongly in seeking punitive damages where appropriate. A property owner or security company that recklessly exposed a person to a violent crime should be punished for their misconduct, and a strong message should be sent to others that companies should live up to their security obligations.
Our crime victim lawyers know how to investigate whether a business, hospital, school, convention center, hotel, motel or apartment failed to fulfill its duty to provide reasonable security measures. We feature an extensive network of security experts who can help us establish the extent of the wrongful party’s lapses. We are strong negotiators and aggressive trial attorneys who will protect the rights and interests of you and your family.
We represent crime victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a violent crime due to negligent security, contact our crime victim attorneys today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-620-4301 or reaching us online.