Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

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A man was reportedly shot and killed outside a Shell gas station in Ellenwood Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015.

According to CBS 46, a convenience store clerk discovered the victim lying next to a Suburban in the gas station parking lot, near the intersection of Panthersville and Bouldercrest roads, shortly after midnight. The victim apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and perished at the scene.

Police have requested store surveillance footage to assist in identifying a suspect and motive in the fatal assault.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for a suspect, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a gas station security lapse may also hold responsibility in this tragedy.

What security precautions were implemented by the Shell station owner and management to protect patrons and deter crime?

By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Shell gas station owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim’s family may elect to pursue a legal claim for any injuries suffered.  Under such a claim, the 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 the victim’s family, but would also demand that Shell gas station re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other DeKalb County gas station owners to make patron safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims, 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’s family 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 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 and we offer our legal expertise 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.

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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46-year-old Eddie Willie Burley was reportedly shot and injured during a robbery outside the Mount Zion Garden Apartments Saturday morning, April 25, 2015.

According to WJBF News, Mr. Burley was approached by two unknown men outside the Mount Zion Garden Apartments, on Amsterdam Drive, around 3:00am Saturday morning.  The two men apparently demanded money and opened fire on Mr. Burley when he refused and attempted to escape, striking Mr. Burley multiple times in the back of his legs. The assailants reportedly stole Mr. Burley’s wallet and cash before fleeing the scene.

Police have not yet identified suspects in the shooting, leaving residents concerned for the safety of their families.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for a suspect, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this harrowing assault.

April 2015 Crime Map of Southwest Augusta Community Surrounding Mount Zion Garden Apartments (spotcrime.com)

April 2015 Crime Map of Southwest Augusta Community Surrounding Mount Zion Garden Apartments (spotcrime.com)

How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What access controls, such as gated entry, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting?

Recent crime reports of the surrounding area reveal a staggering number of violent crimes. What security precautions have been implemented by the Mount Zion Garden Apartments owner and management company to protect residents and deter future crime?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Mount Zion Garden Apartments owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, Eddie Burley may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.  Under such a claim, Mr. Burley 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 Mount Zion Garden Apartments re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Augusta apartment owners to make resident 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 Mr. Burley 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 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 404.842.1600. 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

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Two people were reportedly shot and injured during a robbery at the Paradise East Apartments in Tucker early Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015.

According to WSBTV News, the shooting occurred during a robbery in the parking lot of the Paradise East Apartments on Bouldercrest Road. Three men reportedly attempted to rob a victim in the apartment complex parking lot. One of the three assailants apparently opened fire during the robbery, striking the robbery victim as well as an innocent bystander. Both victims were transported to the hospital with injuries. Their conditions have not been released.

Police have not yet identified the three suspects.

Our Legal Take

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

How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What access controls, such as gated entry, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting?

Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, what security precautions were implemented by the Paradise East Apartments owner and management company to protect residents and deter future crime?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Paradise East Apartments owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victims 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 Paradise East Apartments re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Tucker apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Tucker 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 lighting, 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 404.842.1600. 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