Negligent Security Cases in Georgia: Know Your Rights

Negligent Security & Inadequate Security Cases in Georgia

Are you Victim of Injury Due to Inadequate Security?

We know your safety is important to you, at home, at the office, even on vacation; you want to feel safe and not have to worry about the possibility of an attack or robbery due to negligent security.

Property managers and owners are not insurers of your safety, but they are responsible to insure that foreseeable criminal acts don’t occur. If you are attacked and injured due to negligent security in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. Under Georgia law, you are entitled to recover for medical bills, lost wages and for your pain and suffering. If you or a loved one are a victim of an attack that results in injury or death, you may have a case for negligent security.

You should contact an attorney promptly because you need someone who can apply the law to particular facts. You should also seek an attorney who has the experience to handle the case and a law firm with the financial resources to fight to get you just and fair compensation.

What is Negligent Security?

Any commercial or residential property, including but not limited to motels, apartment buildings, shopping centers, parking garages, offices, bars, restaurants, and more, must have proper security measures in place. For example, if someone is shot by a fleeing felon, in the parking lot of their apartment complex, this could be a case of negligent security, if it is discovered that security measure was lacking.

If injury is caused by reckless or intentional harm by a third party on the premises, the owner and or the property management company may be liable for negligent security if crime had occurred in the past and they failed to have security measures in place to deter subsequent crimes. Some examples are:

  • Security lighting, to include no burnt out bulbs or areas too dark;
  • Security patrol, who have passed background checks;
  • Secure doors, locks, and gates, and fences, with working locks;
  • Properly placed and working security cameras;
  • A security alert system;
  • A system to warn for potential danger;

Typically, it can be quite difficult to determine for certain, whether any of these security measures could have prevented an attack. But if someone sustains injuries from rape, criminal assault, strong armed robbery, or physical attacks at a residential area or business, the victim may have a case against not just their attacker, but also the owner or manager of a property.  You could have a case that could lead to substantial monetary damage claim and could be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.

What to Do in Cases of Inadequate Security

You have rights as a patron, customer, renter, employee, or visitor, for adequate safety and security measures, and if you are attacked, then you could have a case for negligent security. Hiring an attorney with experience in these types of cases and are familiar with premises law, is extremely important.

At Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, our lawyers have over 30 years of experience handling negligent security cases. Contact Steve Apolinsky at 404-377-9191 or by email at for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Legal disclaimer: This article contains information intended to educate individuals about the legal intricacies surrounding premises liability and negligent security cases. The situations referenced in this article are purely to make examples of potential premises liability and negligent security cases, and by no means indicate definitive lawsuits that will result in compensation.


About the Author

Stephen Apolinsky

Stephen D. Apolinsky is a Personal Injury Attorney who specializes in representing individuals and families concerning wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Stephen is licensed to practice in Georgia, Alabama, and the District of Columbia. With over 33 years of experience representing personal injury victims, Stephen has successfully tried over 80 cases to verdict before judges or juries, and has negotiated over 300 cases to out-of-court settlements. Stephen has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association.