Did a security failure contribute to this unconscionable Whitemarsh Island apartment complex sexual assault and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at a Whitemarsh Island, Georgia apartment complex, Saturday morning, June 1, 2019.
According to WTOC.com, “Chatham County Police say [the sexual assault] happened Saturday at the Colonial Grand at the Hammocks apartments on Johnny Mercer Boulevard.” Fox28media.com is reporting, “[t]he victim was asleep in her apartment when she awoke to a stranger, who had broken into her residence, sexually assaulting her.” The victim was taken to a local hospital.
Police have no suspect in custody and the incident is still under investigation according to the media outlets.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this reported sexual assault may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence or assault on property?
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect residents at the time of the assault?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors and residents, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her injuries and suffering.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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