Posted on Jan 27, 2023

A shooting occurred at the Coronet Motel in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 24, 2023. EMS arrived at the scene and found the victim outside suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim later died at the hospital.

How Can a Motel Be Held Liable When a Guest is Shot?

Motel owners have a duty to provide safe and clean rooms to guests. Not every shooting at a motel will serve as the basis for a viable negligent security or wrongful death claim. The reality is that some shootings can’t be prevented.

A negligent security case is a type of premises liability claim. Premises liability typically looks to whether a landowner or business took reasonable steps to remedy or fix hazardous conditions. In a negligent security case involving a shooting at a motel, we’re asking the same question: Did the motel take reasonable steps to deter foreseeable violent attacks on the motel premises? If not, then the motel may be liable.

What Types of Attacks Typically Occur at Motels in South Carolina?

Negligent security cases involving incidents at motels will generally involve one of the following types of criminal attacks:

  • Homicide;
  • Shooting;
  • Stabbing;
  • Armed robbery;
  • Sexual assault or rape; or
  • Some other violent criminal act.

The above list of criminal acts is not exhaustive, and any violent criminal attack at a motel may be the subject of a negligent security claim if the motel owner, property owner, or any other potential defendant acted negligently. Thus, if you or a loved one have been the victim of a criminal attack at a motel, regardless of whether the specific type of attack is listed above, you may have a viable a claim for negligent security.

Contact US for a Free Legal Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an attack at a motel in South Carolina, you should speak with an experienced South Carolina negligent security lawyer as soon as possible because you may be entitled to compensation. We offer free legal consultations, and we’re happy to help you however we can.

You can call us at (843) 638-6590 today to schedule your free consultation. Also, you can contact us on our website and set your consultation up by email. When you schedule a consultation at our law firm, you will get a consultation with a negligent security lawyer, not a customer service representative or intake person. We’re here when you need us.

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