Last month, Savannah was struck with tragedy when a gunman entered the county fair and opened fire, injuring seven teenagers. With a suspect still at large, responsibility appears to be shifting to the Coastal Empire Fair’s security team for failing to provide a safe environment for its patrons.

While all of us hope never to be in this kind of situation, it is a reality that criminal acts do happen on private property on a regular basis. In some cases, you may be entitled to recover damages from the owner or manager of the property by claiming that adequate security against potential criminal acts was not provided. A Georgia State Supreme Court ruling this past summer enshrined in law the right to sue property owners for inadequate security when a criminal act occurs on their property.

To protect your rights, if such a thing should ever happen to you, it is important to gather as much documentation as possible including photographs of the location of the incident which show whether or not there was adequate lighting and security apparatus. A police report is also vitally important as it sets down a record of what happened when the incident occurred.

Documenting your medical bills, wages lost, and other damages you suffered help determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive. It is important to speak to a personal injury attorney who is skilled in premises liability cases so that you know exactly how to best approach a lawsuit.