Atlanta Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawyers
Helping Victims Pursue Maximum Compensation
At Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., we understand the devastating physical,
emotional and psychological trauma experienced by sexual assault and rape
victims. The repercussions of sexual assault last long after the incident.
Many rape victims struggle with fears, depression and strained relationships
with friends and family. And there is the additional trauma of a criminal
trial, requiring the person to relive the event in front of a roomful
If a sex crime is committed at a commercial property — such as an
apartment complex, condominium, rental home, hotel, motel, restaurant,
bar, or parking garage — and was abetted by a lack of adequate security
or the failure to maintain the premises, the property-owner may be legally
culpable for their negligence. The lawyers at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
have a history of helping sexual assault victims and are here to help
you as well.
- Common commercial security requirements include:
- Doors and windows that lock securely
- Sufficiently lit outdoor spaces
- Secured walls or fences
- Surveillance cameras
- On-site security guards
Experienced in Handling Sexual Assault & Abuse Cases
Jim Goldstein and
Jonathan Hayes gained national attention following a landmark case before the Georgia
Court of Appeals. The case (Banks v. Bouvé & Mohr, LLC) involved a client who was raped in front of her two children after her
attacker gained entry into her apartment through a missing windowpane.
(She had repeatedly asked the building's owner to fix the broken windowpane.)
After the assault, a police officer who also worked as a security guard
at the apartment complex, was found to have destroyed evidence important
to her case, the rape kit used by rape crises center personnel to examine
the victim after the assault.
The trial court determined that the officer, acting as an agent of the
apartment complex, intentionally destroyed the rape kit and the owners
of the apartment complex were responsible for the spoliation. The Court
of Appeals affirmed the decision against the apartment owner. The case
established important legal precedent regarding sanctions against parties
for the spoliation of evidence and the trial court’s power to use
sanctions to “control the behavior of litigants before them to maintain
the integrity of the judicial process.”
Banks v. Bouvé & Mohr, LLC, 274 Ga. App. 758; 618 S.E.2d 650 (2005).
Call Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys - (888) 425-6070
Atlanta personal injury lawyers understand that a trust has already been broken, and we strive to be compassionate
in our representation. Sexual assault victims are invited to a free consultation
to discuss a possible claim for damages. We will never present false hopes,
but give an honest appraisal of the case based on the available facts.
If we take your case, you can be assured of thorough, aggressive pursuit
of justice, and close communication throughout the case.
To schedule a
free consultation, call us today at (888) 425-6070.