Negligent Security Lawyer

Mike Rafi has helped crime victims recover over $4.5 million from businesses that failed to provide adequate security to their customers and guests—and that is just in the last 2 years.

NEGLIGENT SECURITY BASICS

When you are shopping in a store, pumping gas, staying in a hotel, or a paying customer on anyone’s property, you have an expectation that you are safe. In these situations, where you are invited on another’s property, you are considered an “invitee.” In Georgia, landowners and business must use reasonable care to keep the property safe for invitees.

When a business knows of (or should know of) a security threat to its patrons, the business must do something. The business could:

  1. Close down until the threat no longer remains
  2. Warn you about the danger
  3. Provide reasonably security measures to protect customers who are not informed of the threat

Businesses, though, often choose to do none of these things, and instead stay open, do not warn customers, and do not protect customers—the reason for this is usually because keeping people safe costs the business money.

Negligent security cases are brought by crime victims after being injured on another’s property. When a business knew (or should have known) of a security concern, but do not act reasonably to protect their customers, the business can be held responsible.

NEGLIGENT SECURITY CASES CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

Crime victims cases usually result from shootings, rapes and sexual assaults, and other violent crimes. These crimes can happen anywhere, but the most common locations are:

  1. Apartment complexes
  2. Hotels and motels
  3. Gas stations
  4. Bars and restaurants
  5. Shopping centers malls
  6. Stores and their parking lots
  7. Workplaces
  8. Colleges and other schools

EXAMPLES OF SECURITY MEASURES

Businesses that invite customers to their property should have security measures in place, especially when they know of prior crime at their locations. Some ways that businesses can protect their customers are:

  1. Warnings
  2. Well-thought safety polices and procedures that are actually followed
  3. Sufficient lighting
  4. Security guards
  5. Gates and fences
  6. Controlled access checkpoints and locks on doors and gates
  7. Video cameras and signage
  8. Proper background checks on employees and residences
  9. Peepholes

HOW BUSINESSES TRY TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY

Businesses will do all they can to avoid responsibility. Almost always, a business will argue that the crime and injury were not “foreseeable,” which means the business could not reasonably expect the crime would happen on the property and that the victim would be injured. Mike uses his knowledge of similar businesses and the area, his relationship with people in the community, and dedication to completing a thorough investigation to prove businesses who make this argument wrong.

Businesses also routinely claim there was nothing they could do to keep a crime victim safe—that even if they had security measures, the crimes still would have happened. This excuse is unacceptable because most times the business has never even tried to implement any security measures—most likely because they didn’t want to pay for them. When businesses open their doors to and take money from customers, they should spend their money to keep customers safe.

Mike Rafi has successfully shown in many cases that if businesses actually had security measures in place, then his clients would not have been injured. Mike knows what businesses will try to say to escape responsibility, and he knows how to prove them wrong. Contact Mike if you were injured at a businesses and believe they should have done more to keep you safe.

Contact Mike Rafi

ADDRESS

1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET NW

SUITE 2319

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30309

1895 Phoenix Boulevard

Suite 110B

College Park, GA 30349

PHONE/FAX

ATLANTA PHONE: 404-800-9933

COL. PARK PHONE: 404-800-9985

FAX: 470-344-3425