Negligent Security

Negligent security refers to a situation where a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to protect visitors from foreseeable harm, resulting in injuries or damages. As a law firm in Georgia with extensive experience in personal injury cases, including negligent security claims, McArthur Law Firm understands the importance of holding property owners accountable for the safety of their guests and tenants.

McArthur Law Firm: Experienced Negligent Security Attorneys in Georgia

Our founding lawyer, Katherine McArthur, has 40 years of experience in negligent security cases. All together, our attorneys have a combined 200 years of experience fighting negligent security cases for our clients.

The Duty of Georgia Property Owners

Negligent security can occur in a variety of settings, including the following places:

  • Gas stations
  • Malls
  • Apartment complexes
  • Hotels
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Shopping centers
  • Other public places

Property owners in Georgia have a legal duty to provide adequate security measures to protect their guests from criminal activities, such as assault, robbery, gun violence, or sexual assault.

Examples of negligent security may include the following:

  • Inadequate lighting in parking lots
  • Lack of surveillance cameras
  • Lack of security guards
  • Broken locks or doors
  • Failure to screen tenants or employees
  • Failure to respond to previous criminal activity on the property

What Are My Rights Under Negligent Security Law For Nightclubs And Businesses?

For 40 years, negligent security lawyer Kathy McArthur has fought to protect the rights of premises liability injury victims and their families. During that time, the McArthur Law Firm has recovered more than $450 million for personal injury clients. This includes having been there for those who have suffered injury or had a loved one taken from them due to a company’s negligent security.

Hotels, retail stores, nightclubs, and other companies must employ sufficient security for the protection of their invitees who are purposefully brought onto the properties for the businesses’ benefit. However, when violations of nightclub security laws occur, guests may be assaulted or otherwise harmed and injured while on the property. The legal term for such incidents under premises liability law is negligent security.


Negligent security laws fall under general premises liability, which is that a business has a duty to protect people they invite onto the property and keep them safe. Common instances where a company has failed in this duty to protect its customers include:

  • Hotel guests who were assaulted or the victims of a robbery while on business property
  • Retail store patrons or office workers who were assaulted or hurt on the property or in parking lots
  • Apartment tenants whose landlord failed to provide necessary security, lighting, and locks on doors, resulting in assault or other harm
  • Nightclubs, bars, and restaurants where the business fails to maintain the peace and keep patrons and the general public safe from other guests who may be intoxicated


The McArthur Law Firm takes cases involving negligent security very seriously. In some cases, negligent security victims were harmed or killed in incidents involving robbery, assault, and even rape.

When a case involves a crime, victims must understand that the prosecuting attorney who is bringing criminal charges against a perpetrator does not represent the victim. The prosecutor represents our society and state, but the prosecutor does not seek money damages for victims and families. Only a personal injury lawyer can do this. If you are a victim of crime and have a criminal case pending against a defendant, do not wait until that case concludes to speak to a negligent security lawyer-the sooner the better.


The personal injury attorneys at the McArthur Law Firm understand how serious the stakes are in negligent security cases. We also realize that for those we represent, this is probably the first time anything like this has ever happened to them, and they are confused and unsure what the best steps to take are to ensure their family’s future. Selecting the right lawyer will be one of the most important decisions they will ever make.

Too many people are further hurt by hiring a personal accident lawyer who either won’t or doesn’t know how to fight for them. In fact, many big cases are settled right away for large amounts with our law firm just because the insurance company knew our track record and didn’t want to pay their defense attorneys to fight us! For decades, our personal injury law firm has fought and won the premises liability compensation our clients deserve. With a personal injury law firm in Macon and law offices in Atlanta, we’ve attained several significant outcomes for clients living in Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta, and nationwide.

More Premises Liability Resources

If you’d like to learn more about the types of premises liability cases the McArthur Law Firm handles, read our helpful articles below. We describe a wide range of premises liability cases we have worked on.