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