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Apartment and Hotel Rapes or Attacks Liability

Unsafe conditions at an apartment building or hotel can make it a desirable place for criminals. Dark stairwells and unsecured entrances can allow the wrong people to frequent a property, putting those who live or stay at these places in danger. If you have been raped or attacked at your apartment building or a hotel in the Atlanta, Augusta or Athens area, the property’s owner may be partially liable for your injuries. Our team at Burnside Law Firm can help determine whether your injury may have been prevented with better care of the property by the owner. We will help you to get appropriate compensation for your premises liability claim.

Negligent Security: Holding Responsible Parties Accountable

Criminals who perpetrate attack crimes often target areas that offer concealment and minimal security measures. They strategically seek out locations that are poorly lit, secluded, or lacking adequate surveillance, where they can carry out their malicious intentions without fear of detection or intervention. These perpetrators exploit vulnerabilities in the environment to surprise their victims, catch them off guard, and perpetrate acts of violence or assault.

If you have been a victim of an attack or assault under such circumstances, it is crucial to understand that the responsibility lies with the perpetrator and, potentially, with the property owner or manager for failing to maintain a safe environment. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time does not make you at fault; rather, it underscores the importance of ensuring premises are secure and well-lit to deter criminal activities.

Instances of attacks or sexual assaults in dimly lit parking lots, poorly maintained buildings, or secluded areas highlight the need for property owners to fulfill their duty of care. This duty includes implementing adequate security measures, maintaining proper lighting, conducting regular safety inspections, and addressing any known security concerns promptly.

At Burnside Law Firm, we recognize the trauma and devastation that victims of such crimes endure. Our legal team is dedicated to advocating for your rights and seeking justice on your behalf. We understand the complexities of premises liability and negligent security cases, and we are prepared to hold responsible parties accountable for their failures to provide a safe environment.

FAQ: Unsafe Conditions at Apartment Buildings or Hotels and Liability

What constitutes unsafe conditions at an apartment building or hotel?
Unsafe conditions at apartment buildings or hotels can encompass a range of issues such as inadequate lighting in common areas, broken or defective staircases or handrails, slippery surfaces, lack of security measures leading to criminal activities, malfunctioning elevators or escalators, and other hazards that pose a risk to residents or guests.

Who is responsible for addressing unsafe conditions in apartment buildings or hotels?
The responsibility for addressing unsafe conditions typically falls on the property owner, management company or landlord. They have a legal duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, address potential hazards promptly, and provide adequate security measures to protect residents or guests from foreseeable risks.

What is premises liability concerning unsafe conditions at apartment buildings or hotels?
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of property owners or managers to ensure the safety of individuals on their premises. If someone is injured due to unsafe conditions that the property owner knew about or should have known about, they may be held liable for damages under premises liability laws.

What should I do if I’ve been injured due to unsafe conditions at an apartment building or hotel?
If you’ve been injured due to unsafe conditions at an apartment building or hotel, seek medical attention immediately. Document the incident scene, gather witness information if possible, and report the incident to the property management or owner. It’s also advisable to consult with a premises liability attorney to understand your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses.

How can a premises liability attorney help with unsafe conditions at an apartment building or hotel?
A premises liability attorney can assess the circumstances of your case, determine liability, gather evidence to support your claim, negotiate with insurance companies or responsible parties, and represent your interests in legal proceedings if necessary. They can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and seek fair compensation for your damages.

Hotel and Apartment Owners Have a Responsibility to Ensure Your Safety

While the owner of the apartment building or hotel may not have committed the attack crime that caused your injury, it is their responsibility to create a safe environment. Ensuring you can safely come and go from the building is a part of their job. When circumstances are allowed that create an opportunity for attackers to perpetuate their crimes, it can be considered the property owner’s fault. Hotel and apartment owners are expected to provide a reasonable amount of security to protect those who are on their property.

If you have been a victim of an attack or assault due to inadequate security or unsafe premises conditions, we encourage you to reach out to us for a confidential consultation. We are here to listen to your story, assess your legal options, and provide compassionate legal representation to help you pursue compensation and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

If you have been attacked or raped in a parking lot, stairwell or dark hallway at an apartment building or hotel, you may have a premises liability claim against the property’s owner. Contact our team at Burnside Law Firm for a free consultation to learn more about pursuing your case to possibly receive compensation for your injuries.

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We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264