Negligent Security at Dormitories - Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett
The weight of rigorous coursework, maintaining a social life, and possibly working a job is more than enough for a college student to handle; security, or lack thereof, shouldn’t be something you should worry about, especially in the place you call home. If you think you’ve experienced negligent security at dormitories, particularly in the Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties of Georgia, you should contact our attorneys immediately.
For years, our firm has tried cases dealing with premises liability: the idea that a property owner or manager can be held liable for providing inadequate security for the premises which they own or manage. It’s important that the individuals or organizations responsible for providing the necessary security do so to prevent possible crime affecting the individuals who live there, especially where crime is expected. Here are some examples of what negligent security for dormitories can look like:
- Proper security measures such as security cameras, locks, gates, or windows were not properly installed or functioning, thus allowing a criminal access to vandalize, burglarize, or worse.
- Security personnel did not do their job, were inadequately trained, gave access to unauthorized individuals, or simply were not there to deter crime.
- Security systems went unfixed or unmonitored.
- Bad lighting or malfunctioning lighting that aided in the fulfillment of a crime.
Oftentimes, perpetrators live and reside within the communities and are aware of the layout and flaws of the dormitories and residence halls. This means that proper security is of even greater importance to the wellbeing and safety of guests and belongings. If door locks, for example, are malfunctioning in a shared space, the ability for a criminal to commit an offense is made much easier. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of these crimes if your dormitory had the legal responsibility to secure the premises.
The first thing you should do, if you believe you have a claim for negligent security at dormitories in Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties, is to contact one of our attorneys. With years of experience under our belts, we know just how to begin these cases. What we do first is perform a full investigation of the premises, checking for broken or malfunctioning entrances. We also ask the important questions regarding the training and instruction that security personnel received. Oftentimes, we find that the owner or manager knew or should have known of crime or accidents occurring based on past criminal history or other warnings.
Any crime that occurs because of negligent security at dormitories can lead to unduly stress on a student and their family. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, or believe you may have a claim, contact us right away. You may reach us online or through the phone at 877-448-8585 for a free and confidential consultation. We have had over 100 years of cumulative experience and are ready to handle your case in the Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties of Georgia.