Sexual Assault and Rape at Apartment Complexes

Negligent Security Lawyers Helping Victims in Memphis and Beyond

Your home should be a place where you feel safe. Unfortunately, for too many people living in apartment complexes in Tennessee and elsewhere in the South, their home turns into a place of danger. Sexual assaults and rape at apartment complexes happen at an alarming rate. One reason that it may happen is because apartment complexes do not always provide the security measures that they should. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Memphis apartment complex safety attorneys are sympathetic to the injuries and trauma suffered by victims of sexual assaults and rape that occur in or near their homes. With 33 attorneys with excellent credentials and over 100 staff members, we are the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee and also represent people injured in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Kentucky. We are ready to assert your rights with the vigor that you deserve.

Take Legal Action After a Sexual Assault or Rape Caused by Inadequate Apartment Complex Safety

After suffering a sexual assault or rape, it is important to get medical care right away, including a rape kit if appropriate. You should not take a shower but should go to the hospital promptly in order to preserve evidence. Although you may feel violated and humiliated, you should secure medical evidence of what happened to you, if at all possible. The evidence may be used in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Criminal charges of sexual assault and rape must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction. In many cases, this high standard may not be met, and even when it is met, the victim may not be able to obtain sufficient restitution from the defendant for their harm. A civil lawsuit for damages is separate and has a lower standard of proof. In most cases, a rapist or assailant does not have the assets to cover the damages suffered by the victim. However, you may be able to hold the apartment complex owner responsible for any security failures that caused or resulted in the attack.

An apartment building owner generally owes its tenants a legal duty to protect them against foreseeable rapes and sexual assaults by third parties. When an apartment owner does not meet this duty, and a rape or sexual assault occurs, it may be held liable. Different states have different rules regarding the responsibilities of landlords to tenants. The Tennessee Supreme Court, for example, has found that there is a special relationship between landlords and their tenants that requires landlords to take reasonable steps to protect tenants from a foreseeable risk of criminal attacks.

Issues that may be important in this type of case include whether there have been prior sexual assaults on the premises, whether suspicious people have been on the property, how safe the neighborhood is, which security measures were in place (if any), whether strangers were permitted to enter the building, whether there were any safety policies in place, whether the locks worked, whether there was appropriate lighting in an apartment parking garage, and whether there were surveillance videos. If the rape was committed by a fellow tenant, an attorney may look into whether the landlord conducted a background check on the tenant and knew of a prior criminal history.

Damages after a sexual assault and rape may include medical costs, therapy costs, the costs of medications necessary to treat depression and PTSD, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium, among other examples.

Contact an Apartment Complex Safety Attorney in Memphis

People who suffer a sexual assault or rape in their homes should contact the Memphis apartment complex safety lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We are equipped to serve victims throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office by calling 1-800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. We can also assist people who need a shopping center safety lawyer or guidance with other negligent security claims.

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