North Georgia Negligent Security Lawyer
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When you go to a hotel, nightclub, stadium, music hall, conference center, or movie theater, you expect to be safe. The owners of these venues have a responsibility to keep you safe. So, what happens when innocent partygoers, concert attendees, or hotel guests become the victims of criminal activity? In many situations, these victims will be eligible to file negligent security lawsuits.
Pritchard Injury Firm helps the injured and bereaved file negligent security lawsuits in Georgia. We have extensive experience helping victims with their medical bills, missed wages, and other accident-related expenses.
If you suffered from criminal activity at a public venue in Georgia, call Pritchard Injury Firm at (470) 577-8152 to learn more about your rights and legal options.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security is a type of premises liability lawsuit that unfolds when property owners fail to keep their guests safe from illegal activity. If a concert hall does not check bags before a concert, for example, and someone uses an unchecked bag to carry a gun into the venue, the owner of the concert hall could be liable for any consequences of a shooting that takes place during the concert.
Because criminal activity is often unexpected, negligent security claims can be difficult to prove.
Fortunately, our North Georgia negligent security attorneys can help.
How to Prove a Negligent Security Claim
To prove a negligent security claim, you must prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the risk of criminal activity and failed to address this risk. Property owners should also warn guests about the risk of criminal activity.
Generally, you can only prove a negligent security claim if the events were foreseeable. To return to our prior example, the concert hall owner should have known about and addressed the risk of gun violence at the concert due to the sharp increase of shootings at concerts in recent years. The history of gun violence at large events makes the crime of a concert shooting foreseeable.
Similarly, a nightclub that has been the site of many sexual assaults should know about the crimes and take steps to protect future visitors.
Many business owners know the types of criminal activity that plague their industries and take steps to prevent these kinds of crimes. Hotels, for instance, offer safes in every room and install special locks on the doors to protect guests from theft and robbery.
A hotel that failed to take these kinds of measures could be sued for negligent security simply because it did not adhere to the industry standard.
Every negligent case is different, so be sure to discuss your situation with Pritchard Injury Firm – we can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your claim during a free, confidential consultation.
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
Although inconvenient, getting your laptop stolen from a hotel room while you’re out touring the city would not warrant a negligent security lawsuit. Because premises liability and negligent security lawsuits fall under personal injury law, you must suffer a serious injury to sue.
You should call a lawyer if you have been attacked, shot, assaulted, groped, raped, robbed at gunpoint, or otherwise injured or traumatized by violent criminal activity on someone else’s property, especially if you noticed a lack of security precautions at the venue.
Our North Georgia negligent security lawyers can evaluate the business’ security measures, look for a history of similar crimes, and take other steps to build and strengthen your case.
Pritchard Injury Firm seeks to provide families and residents of Georgia with the highest quality legal help available. We know how much you have suffered, so we want to make the process as stress-free as possible.