Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

Antietam Drive, Columbus GA (Google Earth)

Local News

A 39-year-old woman was reportedly raped in a Columbus apartment complex Saturday morning, May 30, 2015.

According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the victim was attacked and held down in the bedroom of her apartment on Antietam Drive between 3:00am-4:43am. The name of the apartment complex where the purported incident took place was not disclosed in media reports.  The victim was transported to Midtown Medical Center for treatment, per news reports, and her current condition has not been released.

Media reports indicate the victim did not know her attacker. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the assailant, The Murray Law Firm is questioning how the attacker was able to break into the apartment and whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this harrowing assault.

May 2015 Crime Map of Antietam Drive Neighborhood, Columbus (spotcrime.com)

Crime Map of Antietam Drive Neighborhood, Columbus (spotcrime.com)

Recent crime reports of the surrounding neighborhood reveal a number of robberies and burglaries. What security precautions were implemented, if any, by the apartment owner and management company to protect residents and deter such crime?

How did the assailant gain entry to the property and the victim’s apartment home? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated-entry, surveillance cameras, bright lighting, security patrols, alarm systems, and deadbolts, were in place and working at the time of the break-in and assault?

Has surveillance footage from the apartment complex and local traffic cameras been seized to assist in identifying the assailant?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents from any foreseeable harm.  Should the apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries and suffering.  Under such a claim, the victim may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, mental anguish. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim, but would also demand that the apartment complex re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Columbus apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Columbus area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the victim’s best interests are protected.

We are here to Help. Contact us for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of sexual assault and security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim in this potential claim, if desired.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

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1100 Block of First Ave., Columbus, GA

Local News

A 32-year-old woman was reportedly raped in a downtown Columbus parking lot Thursday morning, May 28, 2015.

According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the assault occurred between 3:00am and 6:00am in an unspecified parking lot in the 1100 block of First Avenue. The victim was apparently left bleeding with facial lacerations and bruising to her arms and legs. She was treated at St. Francis Hospital, per media reports. Her condition has not been released.

Police are still searching for a suspect.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is questioning what is being done to find the assailant and whether a potential security lapse may also hold responsibility in this unconscionable and tragic attack.

Has parking lot and local traffic surveillance footage been seized and inspected to assist in the identification and capture of the assailant?

What parking lot security security measures, such as security patrols, bright lighting, emergency call boxes, and surveillance cameras, were in place and working at the time of the assault? Was a security guard on duty at the time of the assault and, if so, when do logs indicate the area was last patrolled? 

By law, parking lot owners are required to protect all patrons from any foreseeable harm.  Should the parking lot owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries and suffering.  Under such a claim, the victim may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; disfigurement; and, mental anguish. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim, but would also demand that the parking lot re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Columbus property owners to make patron safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Columbus area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the victim’s interests are protected.

We are here to Help. Contact us for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim in this potential claim, if desired.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

SAC EM Update

Ungated Entrances to the Rolling Bends-Etheridge Court Apartment Complex

Ungated Entrances to the Rolling Bends-Etheridge Court Apartment Complex

Local News

A double shooting outside the Rolling Bends apartment complex reportedly left one man and a 9-year-old child injured Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2015.

According to AJC, a 9-year-old child and an adult male were struck and injured by stray bullets outside the Rolling Bends apartment complex off Etheridge Drive Tuesday. A witness reportedly told police the gunman was attempting to break up a fight by opening fire outside the 2591 Etheridge Drive apartment buildings. Both victims were transported to the hospital with injuries. Their conditions have not been released.

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting, leaving residents once again concerned for the safety of their families.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is aware of prior criminal activity at the Etheridge Court-Rolling Bends complex, including fatal shootings in October 2010, July 2013, March 2014, and February 2015, and believes the violence must stop. Another shooting at this complex raises grave questions over resident safety and a potential pattern of security negligence.

What additional security precautions were taken by the owner and management company of the Rolling Bends Apartments, following previous property violence, to protect patrons and deter crime? How did any such safety measures fail?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Rolling Bends apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victims and their families may elect to pursue a legal claim for their injuries.  Under such a claim, the victims may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; disfigurement; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victims, but would also demand that Rolling Bends re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Atlanta apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Atlanta area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victims before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the victims’ interests are protected.

We are here to Help. Contact us for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of security negligence in Atlanta, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim in this potential claim, if desired.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

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