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Some Criminal Acts May Entitle Victims to Premises Liability Claims According to Gwinnett County PI Attorney

Criminal Assaults Occurring on Privately Owned Premises May Entitle Victims to Financial Recovery

The last thing you expect when you are at work, shopping at a store or visiting someone’s home, is to become a victim of a criminal assault. While the vast majority of business, retail outlets and private residences are never assaulted, crimes happen to unsuspecting innocent victims.

When someone is a victim of a criminal act due to an employee or other party on the premises, a personal claim may exist. Whether the premises owner has failed to properly screen its employees for individuals with a propensity to commit a crime or through inadequate security, if an invited individual, implicitly or explicitly, is harmed a lawsuit may exist. The injured parties who sustain emotional and physical damages from the premises owner’s beach of duty of care by not taking appropriate steps to mitigate the situation have legal rights under Georgia law to recover from the premises owner/operator.

When a premises is not fully secured, innocent invitees can become the victims of one or more of the following crimes:

  • Assault
  • Rape
  • Abduction
  • Homicide

Where can a person become victimized?

Essentially, premises liability claim may exist, whenever there is inadequate security for reasonable and foreseeable crimes. A person may be victimized at:

  • Work
  • A friend of relative’s house
  • A store, shopping center or mall
  • Hotel
  • Hospital
  • Concert arena

Depending on the lack of security the premises owner failed to provide and the level of damages, which may include the loss of a loved one, a personal injury claim may exist and there may be extensive damages. When evaluating circumstances surrounding a potential premises liability claim your Gwinnett County PI attorney will look at the injuries you or your loved one sustained. This includes:

  • Medical bills to treat physical injuries – lacerations, surgery, etc.
  • Emotional damages – depression, counseling, etc.
  • Pain & suffering – how much suffering experienced due to physical and emotional injuries
  • Lost wages – if you are not able to work due to the physical or emotional injuries.

These are just some examples on what victims of a premises liability claim may be entitled to recover. Since the circumstances surround the security, events surround the criminal acts on the premises and the actual damages suffered, the only accurate way is to have a Georgia PI attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to evaluate the details. Call our law firm today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free legal consultation and learn what you are entitled to under Georgia state law.      


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia