Georgia law requires all business owners, including retail stores, to protect the safety of customers who are on their premises. Security personnel and equipment can help prevent crimes such as assault, sexual battery, and robbery that may lead to serious injuries or deaths. A lack of security can even lead to fatal shootings, sometimes with multiple fatalities. 

Negligent security lawsuits fall under Georgia premises liability law. When businesses fail to provide adequate security, it may be possible for victims of violent crimes or their family members to file a lawsuit for compensation. 

Georgia law has certain requirements before a premises liability lawsuit can be filed against a business or venue. Our Atlanta premises liability attorney can help you determine if it would be possible to file a lawsuit against these parties. Compensation from a settlement or verdict can help you pay for damages caused by your injury or loss. 

Attorney Stacey Carroll has years of experience helping clients obtain compensation against negligent businesses. As an experienced and dedicated trial attorney, Stacey Carroll has the expertise to help you file a premises liability lawsuit in Georgia. 

Can I File a Premises Liability Lawsuit for Negligent Security?

While a business may be liable for an injury or death on its property, this liability may not extend to injuries or deaths caused by third-party criminal activity. However, it may still be possible to hold the business accountable for your damages if the following factors apply to your case:

  1. The business had a duty to care for your safety, and that duty was breached. Requirements for a business to care for your safety depend on whether you were invited on the property as a business customer or social guest. 
  2. The business’ breach of its duty to care for your safety led to your injury or loss. You would need to show that you were legally on the property and that the business was responsible for the security lapse that led to your injury or loss.
  3. The injury or loss you sustained due to the breach of care caused you or a loved one to suffer damages. Examples of damages can include medical bills, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
  4. The security breach responsible for your injuries or loss was “foreseeable” by the business owner.  This means the property owner was on notice of the security hazard that led to your injury or loss. 

In negligent security cases, what is “foreseeable” can encompass a number of different situations.  

What Is Considered Foreseeable for a Negligent Security Claim?

State courts have ruled on several cases that help provide clarity on what is considered a foreseeable criminal act. For example, if the premises is located in an area with high crime rates, the business should have known that it would be a hazard not to provide security measures for the property.  It is important to understand what is considered foreseeable under the circumstances of your case. An attorney with experience handling premises liability claims can review the evidence and help you determine if you have the ability to file a lawsuit against the business. 

How Our Atlanta Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help

Carroll Law Firm, LLC can help you determine if it would be possible to pursue compensation against the business or property owner responsible for your damages. Compensation from a lawsuit is extremely beneficial and can help cover expenses associated with your injury or loss. 

Larger businesses are likely to have access to legal and financial resources that make it difficult to pursue a claim. Atlanta personal injury lawyer Stacey Carroll has extensive trial experience and is prepared to take your case as far as necessary. Our firm will work to obtain the best possible result for you and your family. 

You can reach Carroll Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation by dialing (404) 816-4555 or by using our online contact form. We can help explain your potential legal options and can answer any additional questions you have about filing a negligent security claim in Georgia.