Property owners in Georgia have a duty to keep their premises safe, and that duty extends to protecting visitors against injury from third-party criminal activity. If you have been a victim of crime on someone else’s property because of negligent security, you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries. Call Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC in Atlanta or Suwanee as soon as possible to find out about your legal options.
Georgia property owners are not necessarily liable for every injury caused by third-party criminal activity on the premises. The duty to provide security depends on several factors, including the relationship between the property owner and the injured person and the location where the injury occurred. To establish a negligence claim, you must show that:
If you need help determining if a property owner’s negligence caused your injuries, call a Gwinnett County negligent security attorney with BMW Law Group, LLC for a free case evaluation.
The criminal act must have been foreseeable by the property or business owner for negligence and liability to be established. Criminal acts are considered foreseeable if:
If third-party criminal activity is foreseeable, property and business owners have a duty to exercise ordinary care to guard against injury. Examples of negligent security in such a case include:
After proving the other elements in your claim, you will need to demonstrate that your injuries caused by negligent security resulted in damages. In a negligent security case, compensatory damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. These damages are not designed to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the responsible party for wrongdoing and deter similar actions in the future. Punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000 for most personal injury matters.
If you have been injured by criminal activity on the property of another, you may have a negligent security claim for compensation. Contact Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC today for a confidential and free consultation. We can tell you if you have a negligent security case in Gwinnett County and what damages you may be entitled to claim.