Atlanta Inadequate Security Attorney
Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., leading Atlanta inadequate security attorneys, has recovered settlements for victims who were injured or harmed due to poor security in buildings throughout Georgia. For over thirty years, we have been dedicated to providing the highest quality representation to residents of metro Atlanta.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, there were approximately 1,390,695 violent crimes reported nationwide, representing a 2.3% increase over the previous year. Many of these crimes occurred in public places that failed to provide adequate security for people on the property. Inadequate security does not refer merely to the lack of security personnel or alarm systems, but also to underlying structural deficits in buildings, such as a lack of lighting and broken locks or windows.
Crimes likely to result from inadequate security include:
- Invasion and trespassing
- Threats and simple assaults
- Rape and sexual assault
- Assault and Battery
- Indecent exposure
- Armed and unarmed robbery
- Wrongful Death
Sadly, most victims cannot identify the perpetrator and are unaware of their legal rights against parties who failed to provide proper security on the premises. Unsafe buildings, parking lots, workplaces, and retail establishments are only a few of the premises susceptible to criminal activity.
Other common sites of crimes that result from poor security include:
- Multiunit residential properties
- Hotels and motels
- Strip malls and shopping malls
- Supermarkets, convenience stores
- Restaurants, bars, casinos
- Office buildings
- Parking lots and garages
Under Georgia law, owners and occupiers of land have a duty to keep the premises (and any adjoining approaches) safe from foreseeable harm. By subjecting invitees to reckless danger, negligent property owners are liable for the resulting harm. Victims may thus both press charges in a criminal suit against the rapist, robber, or perpetrator who committed the crime and file a civil action against third-party owners who breached their duty to provide proper protection. Owners of buildings in high crime areas have a duty to provide sufficient lighting, warning signs, and security personnel to keep consumers safe. Landlords have a similar duty to provide tenants with adequate lighting and functioning locks, not only in the stairwells and common areas, but also in private apartment units. Owners of upscale office buildings must also keep the premises safe for the employees who work therein. Thus, a woman who is sexually assaulted while walking to her car after work may have multiple premises liability claims against the building owner, various insurance companies, and the security firm employed to protect her.
If you were injured because of poor security, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims of assault, homicide, robbery, and other criminal attacks may recover for the harm they experienced as a result of a property owner’s negligence. An experienced Atlanta inadequate security attorney can help you identify all liable parties, including building owners, insurance companies, security guards, bouncers, or parking lot attendants who failed to keep you safe. For over thirty years, Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A. has been committed to assisting injured victims and bereaved families who have been harmed as a result if inadequate security. We have recovered significant verdicts and settlements for victims who experienced physical, emotional, and financial loss as a result of their injury. For a free consultation, call us at 404-892-0011 or Contact Us online.