Negligent Security & Premises Liability
Atlanta, like most major metropolitan cities, has more than its fair share of crime, including violent crime. What many people may not realize is that a lack of proper security at a commercial property (apartments, hotels, stores, public venues, etc.) where someone is a victim of a violent crime, may give rise to a civil case against the property owner. All commercial property owners in Georgia are responsible for securing their properties from foreseeable third-party crimes. The responsibility can also extend to those who manage or provide security to the property as well. Failures commonly seen of commercial property owners include among others:
- Failing to hire adequate and properly trained security officers
- Failing to use or maintain appropriate perimeter fencing
- Failing to use or maintain appropriate locks and access controls at entrances
- Failing to use or maintain adequate lighting in common areas
- Failing to use or maintain adequate security systems
- Failing to notify residents of ongoing criminal activity
- Failing to address ongoing issues with criminal street gangs and drug dealers on the property
The negligent security attorneys at Cash Krugler Fredericks have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who were the victims of criminal attacks on someone else’s property. (Case Results). Past cases include assaults, muggings, sexual assaults, and shootings, among others. Property owners and businesses have a duty to take appropriate steps in an effort to deter and try to prevent crimes against residents and guests, especially when the property owner knew or should have known of criminal activity on their property. In many of the cases we have handled, despite knowledge of a number of crimes on their properties, the property owners failed to take simple steps which could have helped prevent and deter the attacks from happening. In handling these cases, we work with local law enforcement to establish the criminal history at the property and retain qualified experts in security, property management, and crime prevention, to establish the security measures that should have been taken.
Premises liability cases are complex and Georgia law regarding these cases is ever-changing. Cash Krugler Fredericks has handled many types of premises liability cases and has both the resources and experience necessary to prosecute these cases. Our firm has worked with engineers, security experts and others who can be utilized to your benefit in settlement negotiations or at trial. As our results demonstrate, we have the experience and expertise to pursue these unique cases to obtain full compensation for our clients. (Case Results). Our goal is to provide the best possible representation for you and your family. If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property or has been the victim of a criminal attack at someone else’s property, give us a call for a free evaluation.