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Negligent Security at Dormitories – Clarke and Hall Counties


For many students, living in a dormitory or residence hall is the first time away from their parents’ home, making it essential to ensure they feel safe in their new space. Negligent security at dormitories in the Clarke and Hall counties of Georgia is one of the leading reasons for theft, vandalism, and general crime for which the property owner and manager can be made responsible. Don't allow the crime you or a loved one have experienced to deter you from seeking legal action when you believe you may have a viable claim in your hands.

For a claim to be successful in court, an attorney has to be able to prove that the property owner or manager is liable and that reasonable measures for security had not been put into place. This concept is termed premises liability, and it's what our attorneys have been tasked to prove in the hundreds of cases that they've won over the past 100 cumulative years. The following are some examples as to what may have occurred to allow a crime to happen.

  • Security and surveillance systems were broken, not functioning, or simply not monitored as they should have been at the time the accident occurred.
  • Security personnel did not perform their duty or were not trained adequately to provide reasonable security.
  • Light fixtures didn’t provide enough light or were broken. Doors, gates, security systems, and windows that were broken or not working at the time could also have been culprits.
  • Management or the property owner did not provide adequate security for the area based on its criminal history.

These examples are just that, examples, and they display where the proper security measures weren’t put into place as they should have been. Your specific case may not have all of these factors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue a claim. In fact, you should contact our attorneys as soon as possible so that we can start the investigation process and determine what can be done to remedy your loss.

A thorough investigation will ask the tough questions to get results. Typically, evidence is gathered by analyzing the environment around the dormitories, determining if locks or windows were broken, and figuring out if the security guards on hand were adequately trained to perform their job. Once we’ve determined that, we try to obtain evidence to show the following:

  • The person who became victim of a crime or accident must have had permission to be on the premises at the time of the event. A guest, tenant, or other invitee would satisfy this condition.
  • The owner or manager had a legal obligation to provide security measures and also failed to provide them.
  • The accident or crime may have been foreseeable to the owner or manager based on the criminal history of the area.
  • Management and the owner should have been prepared to take appropriate measures of security based on previous warnings.
  • These conditions are by no means the only ones, nor are they all necessary, but they give you an idea of what might propel a claim through the legal system and land you or your loved ones appropriate compensation for your hardships or losses. Given our track record dealing with negligent security at dormitories, we are confident we can take care of you for those events occurring in Clarke and Hall counties of Georgia. Give us a call at 877-448-8585, or contact us online.

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