Most of the time, violence doesn’t just happen. It has causes. Owners of commercial properties where people pay to go—like hotels, apartment complexes, or restaurants—know that. That’s why Georgia law requires that owners of such commercial properties take reasonable steps to keep their customers and residents safe from violent crime on the property. Sturbridge Partners, Ltd. v. Walker, 267 Ga. 785, 787 (1997). If property owners fail to do that, they can be held accountable for the violence that follows.
At Butler Tobin, our civil rights lawyers know how to hold negligent property owners accountable. We can obtain a history of crime on the property to find out what the property owner knew about violence. We know how to find the witnesses and experts who can explain to a jury what safety measures the property owner should have put in place, and we know how to find out what the property owner did and did not do. If the property owner still refuses to accept responsibility, we know how to make the case to the jury.
NEGLIGENT SECURITY AND SHOOTINGS
Commercial property owners are obligated to keep customers, employees, and other visitors reasonably safe. When a property owner knows about dangerous violent crime on the property, but fails to take reasonable security measures or warn people about the danger, the law allows a plaintiff to bring what is called a “negligent security” case against the owner.