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Can assault victims in Georgia recover compensation?

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An assault victim may have grounds to sue a property owner who failed to provide a reasonably safe environment. 

Despite great progress, violent crime remains a big problem in Metro Atlanta and across Georgia. Law enforcement can patrol the streets, but they can’t prevent every assault or mugging. Nor can police compensate victims of violence.

A Duty Of Safety To The Public

Property owners and managers can be made to compensate some assault victims under the legal doctrines of premises liability and negligent security. The personal injury attorneys of Pratt Clay are known for successful pursuit of justice for individuals and families hurt by preventable crimes. We have brought lawsuits against hotels, motels, apartment buildings, nightclubs, shopping centers and other businesses.

When the business owner or management company is aware of a pattern of crimes, they have a heightened duty to the safety of residents, patrons and visitors. In a high-crime neighborhood, for example, it would be negligent to allow unsafe conditions such as poor lighting or a broken security door. Certain types of businesses or business locations might merit extra measures such as surveillance cameras or security guards to deter crime.

Helping To Make Our Communities Safer

After being sued for assault, those businesses typically upgrade their security. We would rather see owners make proactive changes to prevent attacks in the first place. That’s why Pratt Clay has sponsored the Make Atlanta Safe campaign. The goal is to educate property owners about specific things they can do to deter criminal activity and make their premises safer for tenants and guests.

How Are Assault Victims Compensated?

In a lawsuit for assault, the victim is entitled to be paid for lost wages and medical expenses stemming from the attack. Compensation should also cover ongoing care such as physical therapy or mental health counseling to deal with the trauma. Victims can also seek damages for any long-term disability from the attack and for their emotional pain and suffering.

Most personal injury attorneys provide a free consultation. Ideally find one who has litigated an actual negligent security case. Pratt Clay has successfully represented plaintiffs in assault cases in Atlanta, statewide and nationally.

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