A violent assault can turn a person's life upside down. In addition to emotional trauma, you may have to deal with medical bills and lost time at work. You may suffer a permanent injury from the attack. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system does little to help victims put their lives back together.
If you have been injured as a result of inadequate security measures at a retail store, shopping mall or another commercial property in Georgia, you may wonder if there is anything you can do. Property owners and management companies have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for their guests, and when they fail to provide adequate security and a person is injured, they may be held liable as a result.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident or as a crime victim in an apartment complex or multiple-family dwelling complex such as a mobile home park, you may be able to recover damages from the property owner or its management company. Georgia law requires that apartment owners and managers are to keep the premises reasonably safe and to correct dangerous conditions about which they knew or should have known.
Property owners and managers in Georgia are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of visitors, and an important part of this duty is making sure that security measures are adequate. Failure to meet these standards could lead to visitors being harassed, injured or the victims of crime. If you are the victim of an assault or property crime, you will likely consider it a matter for the criminal justice system. However, you may also have civil remedies available to you against the owners or managers of the property where the incident occurred.
According to the attorney for a Savannah, Georgia rape victim, inadequate security was a factor in the assailant's ability to isolate and attack his victim. The rape occurred earlier this month on the grounds of Candler Hospital in Savannah. The assailant allegedly accosted the victim in the parking lot after she exited the building, leaving her with injuries requiring hospitalization.
Atlanta residents may be interested in a sexual assault story coming from the southern shores of Florida. Miami Beach police stated that they have identified the man who attacked a female South Beach hotel guest at about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 6. The 26-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted the woman after entering an elevator in the hotel with her. The man told the victim that he was headed for the same floor. When the doors to the elevator opened, the man grabbed the woman, dragged her to her hotel room and sexually assaulted her. He also robbed the woman, who was visiting from Switzerland.
A city like Atlanta, Georgia may have business establishments that do not provide adequate security for patrons. The Discovery Channel's reality show "The Devils Ride" filmed and broadcast a California bar brawl in which a man was seriously injured. The man has filed suit against Discovery Communications seeking payment for medical expenses and lost earnings. He is also pursuing punitive damages for battery, assault, emotional distress, premises liability, negligence and violation of privacy. A security company is also named as a defendant. The plaintiff is claiming that there was not enough security or bar staff to stop the fight.
A man who was recently hospitalized for injuries that he sustained during a brawl during the recent Florida-Georgia football game may have a case against the stadium for premises liability, based on inadequate security.