When you visit a friend’s apartment complex, or stop to pick up something at the mall, you shouldn’t be expected to endure a traumatic and injuring event. And yet, this kind of thing happens to thousands of people every year. In the world of personal injury law, there is a specialty called “premises liability,” which outlines protections for people who are hurt on someone else’s property. While these protections generally cover things related to slips and falls, stepping on nails, and the like, these laws can also be applied to assault and battery.
Being attacked, mugged, or otherwise assaulted while in a parking lot, retail store, housing community, or other privately owned place is an unfortunate reality for many. If you have recently been hurt due to the violent actions of another, you may be able to file a legal claim for damages. These are not always the easiest cases to win, but with an experienced and tenacious personal injury attorney in Atlanta, you can give yourself the best possible chance at getting the justice and compensation that you deserve.
On most commercial properties, a certain level of safety is expected for anyone who visits the area. Generally speaking, property owners should provide adequate security and supervision, to prevent harm to those who exist within their property boundaries, whether those are employees, invitees, or other third persons. However, more and more commercial insurance contracts are including what is called an “assault and battery exclusion,” which essentially releases the liability for violence committed on the grounds in question. This is bad news for many victims of injurious violence, but is something that may be able to be challenged in the right court setting. In many cases, clear and demonstrable negligence on the part of the property owner is what results in unsafe conditions, making assault and battery possible.
There are many different types of personal violence that may result in a premises liability claim. These include, but are not limited to: assault, battery, robbery/mugging, and sexual assault. Common properties that play host to these crimes include: hotels, casinos, apartment complexes, schools, gyms, and many more. These crimes may be committed by an owner or staff member of the property itself, an invitee, or any third party on the grounds.
You shouldn’t be left to deal with the lasting consequences of a violent crime. Get in touch with the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. today, and request your free consultation.