Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

Ungated Entrance to Nottingham North Apartments

Ungated Entrance to Nottingham North Apartments

Local News

22-year-old Sakevius Travonte Lovett was reportedly shot and injured outside the Nottingham North Apartments in Albany, Thursday night, May 7, 2015.

According to Albany Herald, Mr. Lovett and another man were standing in the apartment complex parking lot, around 10:30pm, when a they were approached by a man carrying a handgun. The gunman apparently shot Mr. Lovett when he attempted to escape. The victim was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police search for the gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this shooting.

How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures and access-controls, such as bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Nottingham North apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, Sakevius Lovett may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.  Under such a claim, Mr. Lovett 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 Mr. Lovett, but would also demand that the Nottingham North apartment complex re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Albany apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Albany area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of Mr. Lovett 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 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 apartment security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victims in this potential claim, if desired.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. 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

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A man has been hospitalized following a stabbing at the America’s Best Value Inn in Augusta Saturday, May 2, 2015.

According to The Augusta Chronicle, a man responding to a knock at his hotel room door, shortly before 1:00am Saturday morning, was stabbed by two assailants who forced their way into the hotel room. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center with stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.

Police have not yet identified the suspects or a motive in the assault.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for suspects, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal hotel security lapse may also hold responsibility in this harrowing assault.

April 2015 Crime Map Surrounding America's Best Value Inn (spotcrime.com)

April 2015 Crime Map Surrounding America’s Best Value Inn, Augusta (spotcrime.com)

Recent crime reports reveal a staggering number of violent crimes in the area surrounding America’s Best Value Inn. What security precautions were implemented by the hotel owner and management following previous area violence to protect guests and deter such crime?

How did the assailants gain access to the hotel? What access-controls and security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, security patrols, peep holes, and in-room door security latches, were in place at the time of the stabbing?

By law, hotel owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the America’s Best Value Inn owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the injured victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.  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, 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 victim, but would also demand that America’s Best Value Inn re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Augusta hotel owners to make guest safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Augusta 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, 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 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 or toll free at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

 

SAC EM Update

Apparently Ungated, Unsupervised Entrance to Rigdon Road Apartment Complex

Ungated Entrance to Rigdon Road Apartment Complex

Local News

29-year-old Jumunn Morgan was reportedly shot and killed in a Rigdon Road apartment in Columbus Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015.

According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Mr. Morgan was shot multiple times inside his Rigdon Road apartment bedroom Tuesday morning. Mr. Morgan perished at the scene from a gunshot wound to his lower back and was discovered by his girlfriend shortly before 8:00am, per media reports.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting, leaving residents concerned for their safety following the third Columbus homicide this year.

Our Legal Take

Columbus property owners must do their part to end this violence. As police continue to search for a suspect, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this tragedy.

How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What access controls and security measures, such as surveillance cameras, gated entry, security fencing, police patrols, deadbolts, and alarm systems, were in place at the time of the shooting to protect residents and deter crime?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Rigdon Road apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the family of Jumunn Morgan may elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.  Under such a claim, the Morgan family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; 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 Mr. Morgan’s family, but would also demand that the Rigdon Road 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 Morgan family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken locks, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’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 security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victims 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.

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