Property owners and businesses are required by law to provide adequate security to prevent foreseeable criminal activity on their premises. If they fail to implement reasonable security measures, businesses and property owners could be held liable for physical injuries and other damages in a negligent security lawsuit if someone is the victim of a crime on their property.
Negligent security cases are a form of premises liability action that focuses on the duty property owners and businesses owe to the public to take reasonable steps to address known security risks.
When an apartment complex, bar, retail store or other business has a history of security-related issues, or their security consultant/company has a duty to take action and fail to do so, they may be held liable for your injuries.
Premises liability and negligent security cases can involve:
- Broken windows or locks
- Improper lighting
- Inadequate security
- Failed maintenance
- Shopping mall/parking lot attacks
- Office space attacks
- Sexual assaults
- Hotel assaults or break-ins
- Apartment complex security breach
- Bar fights and restaurant attacks
No one is or can be expected to protect against every possible accident or crime that could be committed. When there are reasonable measures that could be taken to prevent injury or harm, but the measures were not implemented and injury resulted, the responsible parties may be held liable. Reasonable safety measures may include:
- Bouncers and security for bar fights
- Hotel security
- Camera and surveillance systems
- Adequate lighting
- Security guards
If these and other precautions are not taken, innocent people may become victims of crimes including robbery, theft, assault, sexual assault, abduction and murder. In addition to the physical injuries associated with these crimes, emotional trauma may accompany these events.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bar fight, or were otherwise assaulted on the premises of a private business or municipal property, you are entitled to seek full and fair money damages for all your injuries including:
- Reasonable past and future medical treatment
- Past and/or future lost wages
- Past and future lost fringe benefits of employment
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Out-of-pocket expenses for things such as transportation to medical providers and medical co-pays
If you have been assaulted, robbed or violated while on another person’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the owner of that property. Businesses and privately owned properties have a responsibility to reasonably provide for the safety of those individuals who are present on the property, including the prevention of foreseeable criminal attacks on the premises.
Negligent security claims are often complex and require thorough investigations. If you or a loved one have been injured in an altercation or attack contact The Scalora Law Group for a free legal consultations. Contact us today at 860-344-9051 or fill out our contact form to have an attorney contact you back immediately.