Premises Liability/Negligent Security: Overview of Your Rights

Premises Liability Negligent Security Legal Rights

Every day you read in the news how someone is shot, stabbed or beaten at an apartment complex or at a business office. Those victims rely upon our criminal justice system to hold the perpetrator of the crimes accountable for their actions. In order to get just and fair compensation from the management entities (the company that provides security and the owner of the property,) those victims rely upon the help of qualified civil litigation lawyers.

Premises liability
or negligent security cases can be pursued against management companies, security companies and owners of property for foreseeable crimes or for preventing a dangerous condition to exist. Some examples are inadequate lighting, not having security guards, not having properly trained security guards, failing to maintain a fence or entry gate, or failing to keep strangers off property.

The party “managing” the property could be the owner, landlord, or property manager. Unsafe conditions can result, for example, from the lack of warning to visitors about said conditions or from a lack of maintenance. The manager of the property is liable for any injuries suffered because of this negligence.

For example, you may have been injured while an invited guest to a property. If you are an invited guest such as a renter, employee, patron, customer or visitor, it is the responsibility of the party managing the property to protect you from any unsafe physical conditions. If they have any reason to know that injury may occur, landowners, landlords, and property managers are expected to protect guests and tenants. If you are injured, it is their responsibility to pay for those injuries and such compensation may be pursued under premises liability law.

In another category of premises liability law, negligent security, you or a loved one may have been attacked or injured as a result of a criminal assault or robbery on commercial premises such as a shopping center, mall, hotel, parking garage or office building. General common law may imply that there is no duty on the part of the owner or manager of the property to protect when a third party is involved, but there is a duty that is imposed when and where such criminal acts are predictable and preventable by adequate security measures.

If you or a loved one have been injured under these circumstances, under Georgia law, you are entitled to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages and medical bills and for pain and suffering. Hiring a lawyer with familiarity in premises liability law, particularly negligent security, is important when thinking about taking action against a landlord, landowner, security company or manager.

Apolinsky & Associates, LLC is a premier law firm that has handled negligent security cases for almost 30 years. Our lawyers handle cases throughout Georgia and Alabama. If you need help or just have questions, please feel free to contact us today for a free consultation. You can text 404-512-9191, email, or call our office at 404-377-9191.

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.