Negligent Security Can Lead to Unsafe Premises
Recently, a University of Georgia student was arrested after allegedly stabbing another individual with a broken beer bottle in a Georgia bar. Witnesses report that the 19 year old college student was fighting with a girl at a local bar when a Good Samaritan stepped in to break up the argument. The college student was holding a broken beer bottle and swung it, hitting the Good Samaritan in the neck. Witnesses report seeing a large amount of blood and the victim was rushed to the hospital. He has been discharged and is thankfully working on making a full recovery. Meanwhile, the UGA student wielding the broken bottle has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
While it is not clear whether this specific bar or fight involved potential negligent security, negligent security actions can sometimes stem from bar fights and other acts of violence committed on the property of another. Negligent security, also referred to as inadequate security, is a form of premises liability. In a premises liability action, the owner or operator of a property can be held accountable for injuries that occur on their property. Negligent security cases can take place in many different locations, including bars, restaurants, nightclubs, parking lots, shopping malls, schools, hotels, amusement parks, airports and medical centers.
Property Owners and Managers Must Take Steps to Ensure Their Property is Safe for Guests
The owners of a property that is open to the public must take steps to ensure their property is safe and to protect guests from individuals who might pose a threat. Necessary safety measures might include, but are not limited to, installation of an alarm system, providing proper lighting in dim areas, placing functioning locks on all doors and providing security in areas of high crime or those with the high potential for fights.
The necessity of certain safety measures will depend upon the type of business, its location and the crime that has occurred in the area in the past. For instance, bar owners that keep their establishments open late will often need to provide some type of security in the form of employees or bouncers who will prevent fights from occurring or quickly break up any fights that start. The owners of hotels should have sufficient locks on doors so guests are not harmed by intruders. Owners of shopping malls should ensure parking ramps are well lit so that customers can reach their vehicles without fear of being harmed by another.
Having negligent security can lead to innocent guests being seriously injured by others. If you are injured on the property of another, consult with a premises liability attorney as soon as possible. An attorney will evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case as well as take the necessary options to obtain compensation.
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If you or a loved one has been injured on the property of another due to suspected negligence, the Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has over 35 years of experience in the industry and strive to provide legal services of unmatched excellence. We accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.