Negligent Security

Seeking Justice for Negligent Security: Premises Liability Lawsuits in Georgia

Did you experience an attack on someone else’s property due to their lack of proper security measures? If so, you might have a reason to file a premises liability lawsuit. 

In Georgia, property owners are legally required to ensure their property is reasonably safe for those visiting. They can be held responsible if they fail to do so and someone gets hurt. Contact the Atlanta injury lawyers at Schneider Williams today to know more about your rights – initial consultations are free.

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Who Is Responsible for Providing Good Security?

When someone is assaulted or attacked in a public place, it’s important to determine if the crime could have been prevented. Georgia law generally holds property owners accountable for maintaining a secure environment to prevent foreseeable criminal activities.

Examples of Inadequate or Negligent Security

In negligent security cases, the claim typically argues that a property owner or business failed to implement proper security measures, allowing a criminal act to occur. 

    Some common instances of inadequate security are:

    • Not installing or maintaining proper lighting
    • Ignoring broken locks, doors, gates, or fencing
    • Failing to install surveillance cameras on the premises
    • Ignoring security warnings, alerts, or threats
    • Neglecting to enhance security measures despite repeated crimes
    • Failing to alert visitors about potential dangers

    Elements of an Inadequate Security Claim

    Understanding premises liability is important; a landowner isn’t held liable for every crime committed on their property. Liability arises when it can be proven that the property owner, business, or event sponsor didn’t exercise reasonable care. In a negligent security case, the victim needs to show:


    • They were an authorized tenant, customer, or guest on the premises
    • The defendant had a legal or contractual duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment
    • The defendant’s negligence led to a lack of protection from foreseeable criminal activities
    • Adequate security measures from the defendant could have prevented the crime
    • The victim suffered harm due to the negligence inflicted by a third party

    Liability for inadequate or negligent security extends to various settings, including:

    • Shopping centers
    • Hotels and motels
    • Apartment complexes
    • College campuses
    • Bars and nightclubs
    • Restaurants
    • Concert venues
    • Sports stadiums
    • Office buildings
    • MARTA stations

    Consult an Injury Lawyer About Your Case

    If you or a loved one experienced injury due to a preventable crime, now is the time to act. Contact the Atlanta premises liability lawyers at Schneider Williams for insights into your rights. 

    With a track record of handling numerous personal injury claims, an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, our experience can benefit you. Schedule a free, risk-free consultation today to explore how we can help.