Improper management leads to sexual assault
Lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia scored a victory for victims of negligent security with a $2.5 million settlement on behalf of rape victim. Due to the confidential nature of the settlement, all identities were withheld, but the details of the case shine light on how inadequate management and security can put a residential community’s occupants at risk.
The court case hinged on proper key management at an Atlanta apartment complex, a function critical to tenant safety. “Companies have very strict rules regarding key management,” explained one attorney. “The industry standards require only authorized individuals be allowed access to tenant apartment keys.” In this case, however, the Plaintiff had befriended a maintenance man on the property, who later gained access to her apartment key and had a copy made. He then used the copy to gain access to her apartment and sexually assault the young woman.
The apartment complex denied responsibility for almost 2 years, until a lawsuit was finally filed. In Georgia, it is difficult to prove an employer is responsible for an employee’s actions, unless there was a known propensity for violent behavior that the employer did not act on.
The fact that the employee had access to the tenant’s keys, however, exposed the complex to scrutiny for negligent security. Access to the apartments should have been more carefully monitored, and this was a proven failing on the part of the complex management. Working with an attorney helped the Plaintiff to discover this negligence, and to leverage it in order to secure appropriate compensation for her suffering.
The high value of the settlement, over $2 million to the Plaintiff, is indicative of the serious nature of negligent security claims. Violent crimes are not only traumatic but can also put people’s lives at risk and damage their well being. If a property leaves its occupants vulnerable to such attacks, the owner can be expected to compensate victims for the full extent of their suffering.
Property owners have a responsibility to protect their occupants, whether guests, customers or residents. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, in Baltimore understand the workings of negligent security claims in terms of both personal injury and property liability. If you have been involved in a robbery or violent crime as a result of inadequate security measures, reach out to Mallon & McCool, LLC, for a consultation. Their law offices are located at 300 East Lombard Street in Baltimore, Maryland. They can be reached at (410)-727-7887, or toll free at (800) 918-8872.