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Atlanta Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawyers

Helping Victims Pursue Maximum Compensation

At Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, 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 or strangers.

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 & Lina, LLC have a history of helping sexual assault victims and are here to help you as well.

Common commercial security requirements include:

  • Surveillance cameras
  • On-site security guards
  • Secured walls or fences
  • Sufficiently lit outdoor spaces
  • Doors and windows that lock securely

Experienced in Handling Sexual Assault & Abuse Cases

Attorneys 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

Our 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.

Case Results

More Than $400 Million Won for Georgia's Injured
  • Premises Liability: Shooting $2.4 Million
  • Premises Liability: Shooting Incident $2 Million
  • Sexual Assault $1.4 Million
  • Negligent Supervision: child thrown from bounce house, suffering serious head injury $1.25 Million
  • Apartment Complex Sexual Assault $1 Million

Client Testimonials

Real Stories of Recovery
  • The most efficient, professional and ethical law firm in Georgia.

    “If you are looking for the most efficient, professional and ethical law firm in Georgia you do not need to look any further than Goldstein Hayes & Lina, P.C. There are not enough kind and positive words that can use to express the gratitude and respect”

    - Eileen G.
  • They have exceeded my expectations.

    “Atty. Jonathan Hayes worked very hard for me and getting my case settle in a timely matter. I will recommend Goldstein Hayes & Lina P.C. to anyone looking for the best personal injury attorneys in Atlanta. They have exceeded my expectations.”

    - Shunte
  • Extremely attentive, personable, and there for me.

    “Goldstein Hayes & Lina made my unfortunate experience positive by representing me with little to no work on my end. It allowed me to heal from my injuries without worries. Mr. Hayes and paralegals were extremely attentive, personable, and there for me ”

    - Lauren J.
  • They have been so wonderful.

    Mr. Hayes, Jessica and Alli have helped me with two cases in the past 3 years, and they have been so wonderful! The generosity and kindness of everyone at this practice are just great. I will always refer them to anyone that needs legal representation f”

    - Amanda S.
  • They have a client for life!!

    “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort Jonathan Hayes and his staff have put into making my case successful!! Me and my family are forever grateful for all the help and support you have given us over the years. Jonathan Hayes fights fo”

    - Cherry H.

How We Put You First

  • 75 Years of Combined Experience

    We apply our 75 years of combined legal experience to make sure each and every case is meticulously prepared for trial.

  • Over $400 Million in Recoveries

    We have successfully represented clients against some of the largest corporations, insurance companies, and hospitals.

  • Recognized for Our Expertise, with the Awards to Prove It

    Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing exceptional service and obtaining outstanding results.

  • Personal Attention, Like You Are One of Our Own

    Our boutique setting ensures you receive small firm care – all with the advocacy, skill, and experience of a large firm.

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