Georgia Negligent Security Attorneys
Most people are no stranger to fact that the threat of violence is an ever-present fact of life. In most situations, we go out of our way to avoid putting ourselves in danger. We secure our homes and avoid places that we know to be more dangerous. But what happens when we suffer a violent attack on someone else’s property, a place that we trusted to be safe?
When someone is injured on the property of a business, they have the right to ask questions. For example, did that business’s owners and managers do all they could to ensure my safety? If the answer is no, then the victim might have legal options to recover compensation for the harm they’ve suffered.
The Stoddard Firm Stands up for Victims of Negligent Security
The Stoddard Firm provides legal assistance to crime victims. Companies that own and manage property must guard against violent crime at their properties and warn tenants / customers when a crime problem exists. These companies have a financial incentive to hide crime problems, and when this sort of financial incentive exists, some less ethical companies will act on it. The Stoddard Firm holds these less ethical companies accountable. Specifically, the Stoddard Firm represents :
- Shooting Victims
- Assault and Battery Victims
- Rape, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Assault Victims
- Families of Murder Victims
These are just a few of the ways that people are victimized on the property of businesses. The list of crimes that people experience on someone else’s property is long, and one victim might suffer several different types of violent crime on the property of a business.
The Responsibility of Owners and Manager
Businesses owe people on their property certain standards of care. They must make sure walkways are safe and that any hazardous environments are clearly marked so patrons can see them. Likewise, a business has a duty to provide for the safety of people on their property from violent attacks. Most businesses that see heavy traffic on their property hire security staff and install security cameras. They make sure that their patrons or tenants have protection from violent threats.
Unfortunately, some businesses fall short in these responsibilities. A negligent business might fail to provide security or monitoring equipment. They might inadequately staff or train their security personnel. In some cases, the security team might also be negligent, and their failings might make customers vulnerable to assault, robbery, or other forms of violence.
When a company fails to provide adequate security measures on their property and someone is injured as a result, the crime victim might be able to file a premises liability claim.
These cases are often complicated, simply because one single case might involve business owners, managers, employees, and security staff. A business might also have a high-powered legal team in place to handle lawsuits. That’s why it’s important to retain the services of an attorney who is very familiar with negligent security cases.
We Look for Two Things in These Cases
The Stoddard Firm often helps crime victims receive substantial compensation from apartment complexes, hotels, gas stations, and other commercial establishments where these crimes occur. These cases usually turn on two issues. First, the Stoddard Firm investigates to determine whether there was a pattern of past violent crime at the property, putting the property owner on notice that someone else was likely to get hurt. Second, the Stoddard Firm determines whether a lack of private security, poor lighting, broken controlled-access gates, broken windows, broken door locks, other malfunctioning property security features contributed to the victim’s injury.
We understand that most people who need legal assistance don’t have resources that match those of businesses that are responsible in negligent security cases. That’s why the Stoddard Firm is prepared to put our resources to work on your behalf, so you can be sure you aren’t met with financial ruin just because you’ve made the brave choice to seek justice.
Reaching out to us is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result. Our team is ready to discuss your legal matter to give you a clearer picture of what you can expect if you move forward with your case. Remember, it never hurts to have more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.
What do your services cost?
A consultation with the Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.
What has to be proven in a premises liability case?
A successful premises liability claim must show that a hazardous condition exposed you to an unreasonable risk of harm and that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to maintain a safe premises. Common examples include slippery floors, unstable structures, broken handrails, stairs not built to code, scalding apartment shower water, natural gas explosions, electrical shocks, and improperly fenced swimming pools. There are several factors that can make or break a case, which is why it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer who can thoroughly investigate the situation.
How is negligent security different from premises liability?
Negligent security is a type of premises liability. These claims arise when a person is assaulted on someone else’s property by a third-party. Owners of apartment complexes, hotels, gas stations, and other retail establishments can sometimes be held liable if their inadequate security practices contributed to the attack. Such practices include failure to warn of prior crimes, inadequate lighting, broken access gates, broken locks, and failure to provide security guards.
How can an attorney help me?
Whether your injury was mild or severe, proving fault for premises liability can be a complex process. The standard of care owed by the property owner is made up of many factors and, in some cases, the hazardous conditions may no longer exist. A skilled premises liability attorney knows how to gather and preserve the necessary evidence – and how to defend you against accusations that you should have known about the dangerous condition.
How do I choose an attorney?
There are a lot of lawyers out there, so it’s important to select one that you feel comfortable with and who inspires confidence. Choose one who has experience with the type of claim you have, is qualified, has a good reputation in the legal community, and seems dedicated to helping you win your case.
How do I pay an attorney?
The Stoddard Firm handles litigation on a contingency basis. This means we accept a percentage of the amount we recover for you. If your claim does not have a successful resolution, we do not collect any fee. We are also pleased to offer free consultations.