Negligent Security

Under Georgia law, owners of buildings and properties have certain legal responsibilities with regard to the safety of their premises. One of the responsibilities of all landlords is to provide adequate security measures to prevent any foreseeable intrusions or criminal activity.

Unfortunately, not all property owners adhere to proper safety measures, which often leaves individuals susceptible to being attacked and injured. When this occurs, it is possible for people to file a negligent security complaint.

 

What Is Negligent Security?

Negligent security is a specific type of premises liability in which inadequate security measures on a given property leads to injury.  More specifically, negligent security occurs when the owner of a property (either commercial or residential) fails to provide certain safety measures that are required by law.

A negligent security lawsuit can be brought as a result of several different situations. Cases often arise when a person becomes injured after being assaulted or robbed in a residential property or in public complexes, such as parking garages, apartment complexes and shopping malls.  These are just a few common examples of where negligent security can occur. 

In the unfortunate event that a person is assaulted due to lack of proper security measures, it may be possible to file a negligent security lawsuit to recover certain damages.  Contact us today at (404) 250-1564 or email us at waynetoth@waynetothlaw.com for a free evaluation of your case. We are here to help guide you through this difficult process.

Legal Responsibilities of Property Owners in Georgia

Typically, the plaintiff in a negligent security lawsuit brings a claim against the owner of the property which the plaintiff was injured on.  Under Georgia law, all owners of property have certain legal responsibilities with regard to the safety of their property.  In a negligent security lawsuit, the injured plaintiff must be able to effectively demonstrate to the court that the owner of the property did not meet their legal responsibilities.

What is a Property Owner Required to Do?

In a negligent security case, the plaintiff must show that the defendant should have provided safety measures that are required under the law.

Breach of Duty

A breach of duty happens when a person fails to maintain his or her legal responsibilities or duty.  In a negligent security lawsuit, a breach of duty would occur if a landlord failed to provide a safety measure required by law.

Causation

In addition to demonstrating breach of duty, a plaintiff must also prove that the property owner’s negligence caused the event which led to his or her injuries.  For example, if a tenant was injured after an intruder entered his or her premises through a broken gate, that tenant could argue the lack of proper security devices led to the event which caused the tenant’s injury.

Injured After Being Assaulted or Attacked on Someone Else’s Property?

If you’ve been injured after being assaulted or attacked on another person’s property and believe that negligent security may have been a factor, contact TothLaw today at (404) 250-1564, or email us at waynetoth@waynetothlaw.com for a free consultation. 

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