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How crime victims can hold property owners accountable

Business owners have a duty to keep their customers safe. That means safe from hazards like slippery floors as well as safe from attackers and criminals.

Unfortunately, not all property owners pay attention to security like they should, and patrons can suffer as a result.

Negligent security can lead to assault, rape and other types of crimes in the northern Atlanta metro area, and when these things happen, victims and their families can hold the property owners accountable with a premises liability lawsuit.

What is premises liability?

Premises liability is an area of law that holds the owner of a property liable if the owner does not maintain a reasonably safe environment and someone is injured as a result. The property owner can be ordered to pay medical bills, lost wages and other damages resulting from the accident.

What is negligent security?

Negligent security cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. In these cases, the specific reason that the property owner has not maintained a reasonably safe environment is security related.

These cases often involve properties such as malls, hotels, apartment buildings, night clubs, restaurants and parking garages.

Property owners do not have to keep visitors safe from all harm, but they do have to keep visitors safe from foreseeable risks.

Was there a foreseeable risk?

Foreseeable risk becomes a big issue in negligent security cases. To demonstrate that there was a foreseeable risk that was not handled appropriately by the property owner, the victim might present evidence such as:

  • A high crime rate in the area
  • Instances of past crime on the premises
  • Broken or poorly maintained locks or security equipment
  • Understaffed security personnel

How a lawyer can help

It isn't easy to prove that a property owner was negligent. It takes a skilled lawyer, who often has to call in an expert to testify that the property owner knew or should have known that people visiting the property were at risk of being victimized by crime.

Find out more about how our firm helps victims of crime -- and their families -- get the compensation that they deserve here.

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