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Assault and Shootings Due To Unsafe Premises

Victims of shootings or assaults often experience a double burden of harm, with both the perpetrator of the crime and the property owner where the incident occurred potentially sharing responsibility for the injuries sustained. Property owners, including those of apartment buildings, restaurants, bars and other establishments, have a legal duty to provide safe and secure environments for individuals on their premises. When this duty is breached, victims may have grounds for a premises liability claim against the property owner.

Understanding Premises Liability in Shooting and Assault Cases

Factors contributing to liability in shootings or assaults on commercial properties may include:

  • Inadequate security measures such as lack of surveillance cameras, poorly trained security personnel, or insufficient lighting in parking lots and common areas.
  • Failure to conduct proper background checks on employees or tenants who may pose a risk to others.
  • Negligent maintenance of security equipment or failure to address known security vulnerabilities.
  • Insufficient response to prior incidents or complaints regarding criminal activity or unsafe conditions on the property.

It is important to note that certain locations may become targets for criminal activity when there is a perceived lack of security measures. Criminals may be emboldened to commit attacks when they believe they can do so without being apprehended or deterred.

When a shooting or assault occurs due to inadequate security or safety measures, it is not just a tragic event but also a potential legal matter. Victims and their families may suffer physical injuries, emotional trauma and financial losses that could have been prevented with better security protocols in place.

If you have been a victim of a shooting or assault on a commercial property and believe that negligence on the part of the property owner contributed to the incident, it is advisable to consult the premises liability attorneys at Burnside Law Firm. They can assess the circumstances of your case, determine the extent of liability, and help you pursue a claim for compensation for your damages and losses. Taking legal action not only seeks justice for the victim but also promotes safer environments for everyone on commercial properties.

Have You or a Loved One Been Shot or Assaulted?

If you have been injured in a shooting or assault, or if you have tragically lost a loved one in a similar attack, you are likely grappling with significant trauma and facing substantial financial burdens. The aftermath of such incidents can result in various expenses, including medical costs, rehabilitation fees, lost wages due to time off work, ongoing therapy or counseling expenses for emotional recovery, and various other financial and personal hardships. Seeking compensation for these damages is crucial to easing the burden and obtaining justice for your injury or loss.

As a victim of such a violent crime, you deserve fair and comprehensive compensation that reflects the full extent of your physical, emotional and financial suffering. This compensation may cover:

  • Medical expenses: Including emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, prescription medications and ongoing medical care related to the injuries sustained in the shooting or assault.
  • Lost wages and income: If your injuries have resulted in temporary or permanent disability, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages or income you have lost or will lose due to your inability to work.
  • Pain and suffering: This encompasses the physical pain, emotional distress, trauma and mental anguish you have experienced and continue to endure as a result of the attack. Compensation for pain and suffering aims to address the non-economic impact of the incident on your life.
  • Wrongful death damages: In cases where a loved one has lost their life in a shooting or assault, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death damages, which can include funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, financial support and more.

It’s important to consider that in some cases, the property owner or manager where the crime took place may bear partial responsibility for the incident. This is particularly true if they failed to provide adequate security measures or address known safety concerns that could have prevented the attack or shooting. Holding negligent property owners accountable not only seeks justice for victims but also encourages property owners to prioritize safety and security on their premises.

Contact the Premises Liability Attorneys at Burnside Law Firm

If you believe that inadequate security played a role in the shooting or assault that caused your injuries or loss, consulting with an experienced premises liability attorney can help you understand your legal options. Our attorneys can assess the circumstances of the incident, determine potential liability and advocate for your rights to pursue fair compensation for your damages and losses.

At Burnside Law Firm, we have been fighting for the rights of our clients since 1978 and have helped many receive compensation for their injuries. If you or your loved one have been shot or assaulted, we would like to invite you to contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We can help to determine whether you should pursue compensation for injuries and losses that occurred from the liable parties.

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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

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

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 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