Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

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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.

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Children Attend 2012 Prayer Rally to End Violence at River Glen Apartments. (The Augusta Chronicle)

Children Attend 2012 Prayer Rally to End Violence at River Glen Apartments. (The Augusta Chronicle)

Local News

A man was reportedly killed during a fatal assault outside the River Glen Apartments in Augusta early Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015.

According to WFXG News, police responded to reports of a disturbance in the River Glen parking lot, outside the P and O buildings, shortly before 1:00am. Officers discovered the body of a male victim, who had apparently been beaten, at the scene.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the homicide, leaving River Glen families once again concerned for their safety. A peace rally was held at the River Glen complex in 2012 following three homicides on property. Unfortunately, three years later, the violence appears to have continued.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is aware of prior criminal activity at the River Glen property, and agrees with the sentiment held by the community.  The violence must stop!  Another assault 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 of River Glen, following previous property violence, to protect patrons and deter crime? How did these safety measures fail?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the River Glen owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim’s family may elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.  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; 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 River Glen 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 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 in Augusta, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim’s family 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.

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A shooting at the AM-PM gas station, on Gordon Highway, reportedly left one person injured Friday afternoon, April 17, 2015.

According to WRDW News, police responded to a shooting at the AM/PM Food Store gas station, on Gordon Highway at Highland Avenue, around 3:45pm Friday. One person was reportedly transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center with injuries. The victim’s current condition has not been released.

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

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse may also have contributed to this horrific assault.

Have there been previous incidents of violence at or near the AM-PM Food Store gas station? What security measures, such as surveillance cameras and police patrols, were in place 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 AM-PM gas station owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for any injuries suffered.  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 AM-PM gas station re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Augusta property 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 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 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 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.

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