Every year, thousands of people are injured due to property owners and managers who fail to provide adequate security. If you or a loved one has suffered from an assault in a building or private lot, the perpetrator should be found and punished to the full extent of the law.
Property and business owners have a duty to protect you against preventable criminal attacks. When they do not, the law allows you to hold the property owner accountable for your injuries.
Inadequate security or negligent security cases involve the failure of business proprietors, such as mall and shopping center operators, apartment and residential rental housing owners, hotels and motels, restaurants, etc., to implement reasonable and ordinary security measures for the protection of their customers from criminal activity. Business proprietors are not normally liable for crimes occurring on their property for the criminal acts of a third persons who they have no control over. However, if there has been a pattern of crime on and about the business property, or if the nature of the business makes it peculiarly susceptible to criminal activity, the law will impose upon a business owner a duty to implement reasonable security measures designed to prevent or to deter future crimes. Therefore, it is always important to obtain the criminal activity report from the local police department for the particular location where the crime took place.
The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker represent victims who have been assaulted, robbed, shot, killed, stabbed or raped in apartment complexes, hotels, motels, office parks, shopping centers, and parking lots. Victims of these criminal activities may be emotionally and physically harmed. If you were seriously injured and required hospitalization, you may wonder how you will pay for your medical care. Your injuries may be so serious that you need the assistance of a mental health professional. You may not be able to return to work because of these injuries. This can cause a concern of how you will pay the medical bills and how you will be able to pay your bills if you are unable to work. Victims often believe they have little recourse to obtain compensation for the injuries they have suffered. The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are here to help you to obtain the compensation these victims deserve, although no compensation will change what has occurred to these individuals and their families.
The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker will look into your case and ask the important questions inquiring whether inadequate security contributed to the victims injuries. They will get answers to questions such as:
- Did a property manager inform tenants of any ongoing criminal activity?
- Did a property owner provide sufficient security for tenants and visitors to the property?
- Were the walkways, staircases, and parking lots sufficiently illuminated between dusk to dawn?
- Did a perimeter fence enclose the property?
- Were security cameras installed and adequately monitored on the property?
- Due to similar crimes at the location, should a security guard have been hired?
The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are here to review your situation, your rights and are able to sit down with you and discuss your options. Your attorney at Falanga & Chalker can also help you file a claim with the Georgia Crime Victim’s Assistance Program which may provide some financial assistance to crime victims.