Nashville Apartment Complex Safety
Have you been injured on the premises of an apartment complex in Nashville or Davidson County? If so, you may have a claim against the apartment complex owner and/or property manager for failing to take reasonable measures to guard against foreseeable injuries or criminal attacks. Under Tennessee law, not only does an apartment complex owner have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition, but they also have a duty to protect residents and guests from foreseeable outside harm. If you have been the victim of a violent crime in the Nashville area because of a lack of apartment complex safety, the Nashville inadequate security attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are available to discuss your legal remedies today. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we have recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our injured clients over the past 25+ years.
Signs of Apartment Complex Negligence
Many different crimes can lead to a negligent security action against an apartment complex. These cases commonly involve assault, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking. Property owners can become liable to tenants and/or guests when they fail to take the necessary measures under the circumstances to protect their residents and guests. Generally, for a claim to be successful, the apartment complex owner must be on notice that the complex is susceptible to foreseeable criminal activity.
Consider these two examples:
- Apartment complex 1 is located in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Several reports of suspicious people walking through the complex have been reported to management and a number of crimes have been committed on the premises in recent months.
- Apartment complex 2 is located in an area where crime is virtually nonexistent. There have not been any reports of crime on the premises or any reports of suspicious activity.
As you can see, apartment complex 1 likely has a greater duty to actively take steps to prevent attacks than apartment complex 2, based on such constructive notice of criminal activity in the area. Again, the apartment complex owner must take reasonable measures. Below are a few factors to consider when bringing an inadequate or negligent security claim based on a lack of apartment complex safety:
- Adequate lighting – are the parking lots, sidewalks, and common areas well-lit?
- Repair of fences, doors, and windows – has the property owner fixed potential weak points around the property that could give easy access to intruders?
- Security guards – has the property owner hired a competent security team to monitor the grounds?
- Responding to threats or suspicious activity – has the property owner promptly responded to reports of potential criminal activity?
As you can see, many of these cases are highly fact-specific, and establishing liability often requires expert proof. A Nashville attorney skilled in inadequate security claims can make sure that all your legal rights are properly preserved. A lawyer can begin representing your interests by conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. One place to start is by obtaining the police report from the responding law enforcement agency, such as the Nashville Police Department, as well as information concerning criminal activity in the area. It is also critical to monitor the status of criminal charges against the individual perpetrator in criminal court.
Properly investigating the incident and monitoring the individual defendant’s criminal case can help the victim obtain recovery under the law. Victims may be entitled to recover compensatory damages designed to make them whole. For example, economic damages compensate for medical bills, lost income, and other direct out of pocket expenses caused by the incident. Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and emotional distress, are typically significant in these cases, as being the victim of a crime is a traumatic experience. If the incident results in the victim passing away, Tennessee’s wrongful death laws will come into play.
Retain a Nashville Lawyer Today to Investigate Your Case
Apartment complex safety claims often involve severe injuries. After being attacked, many believe their only recourse is to try to recover from the perpetrator who attacked them. That is not always the case. If you have been attacked on the premises of an apartment complex, the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to investigate your case. Call NST at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation.