In the city of Atlanta, negligent security is defined as a property owner’s lack of care. In other words, a property owner does not provide adequate security for an employee, a tenant or a guest. A negligent security case falls under the umbrella of premises liability law. The claim is a bit different in that it deals with security rather than a lack of maintenance.
Negligent security may occur in a variety of settings, but is most common on a store, in a rental or in the workplace. For example:
A person who is a customer of a store has a reasonable expectation of safety. If they become the victim of criminal activity while in the store or on its premises, the victim may be able to sue the owner of the store for a lack of adequate security. In another scenario, a renter is walking through the hallway to their apartment and robbed. The victim may be able to sue the landlord for not providing sufficient safety measures.
Another lesser known type of negligent security case may arise when an employer hires a person who is under-qualified. When that employee acts in a way that is negligent and injures someone else, or otherwise causes someone to be injured, both the employee and employer may be sued.
If you have been injured at the hands of a criminal, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney experienced in negligent security law can assist you in determining if you have the elements necessary to prove your case in court.