Alleged Hotel Assault in Atlanta a Potential Premises Liability Case

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

According to a report today by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a major downtown Atlanta hotel known for business convention lodging was the scene of an alleged Robbery and Assault of a businessman from Houston, Texas. The man had a necklace and watch taken during the attack which was perpetrated by two attackers working together. According to the hotel, security is on scene 24 hours a day, but they were nowhere to be found during this attack. The attack occurred in front of the hotel and spilled into the lobby and was caught on video.

Georgia law allows for holding hotel operators liable for damages suffered by victims on their premises. O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1 provides “where an owner or occupier of land, by express or implied invitation, induces or leads others to come upon his premises for any lawful purpose, he is liable in damages to such persons for injuries caused by his failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.” The attack described above is a potential premises liability case for the victim. Allegedly, the hotel admitted having 24-hour security, but they were nowhere to be found during the attack even though it appears to have occurred at the main entrance. Any prior instances of events such as this will be a factor in the exercise of ordinary care, as well as what other similar hotels in the area do to keep guests safe.

Please be aware that when traveling for business or pleasure, while we expect hotels to be safe places to stay they are many times targeted by criminals. Hotels have a duty under O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1  to keep their premises safe for guests. Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings when entering and exiting hotels and when going to your room. If there is any suspicious activity report it to the police and hotel security. 

Click here for a link to the AJC story that is active as of 10/26/2017.              

If you or a loved one have been assaulted on the premises of a hotel in Georgia, contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.

The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.