Negligent Security Lawsuit
Now more than ever, the fear of being victimized by randomized criminal activity in public or on someone else’s property is heightened every time we turn on the evening news and hear about another senseless act of violence near our homes. But what we do not always factor into our thoughts is whether those crimes and injuries were the results of improper or inadequate security measures.
If you or someone you love was the victim of a random crime, you might be wondering if it was merely a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, inadequate security or negligent security in public or commercial places often results in dangerous conditions, randomized criminal activity, and personal injury.
What is “Negligent Security”?
In the context of premises liability law, the phrase “negligent security” means a situation in which a randomized crime or personal injury occurred in a public place or on a commercial property where inadequate or negligent security measures were in place. The law imposes a duty on the property owners and managers of commercial property to protect against dangerous or criminal conditions that could be otherwise avoided if reasonable security measures were in effect. Very often, a pattern of longstanding criminal activity at or near a commercial property will result in the property owners’ increased duty to ensure adequate security measures in the form of alarm systems, security guards, security cameras, or other means of protection. Our team of attorneys investigates a wide variety of negligent security claims, including:
- Forced entry
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate surveillance of parking lot or lobby
- Negligent hotel security
- Negligent hiring or training practices
- Attacks in elevators, parking garages, and stairwells
- Negligent bank / ATM security
- Negligent theme park security
- Negligent college campus security
- Negligent shopping mall security
- Negligent sporting event security
- Negligent hospital or medical facility security
- Negligent nursing home or assisted living residence security
The failure to protect people who visit a public or commercial place is often referred to as “negligent security,” but it is sometimes referred to as “inadequate security.” It makes no difference which term is used. Victims of crimes that occur in public or commercial places as a result of negligent security should consider filing a lawsuit against the owner, manager, landlord, or other entity responsible for securing the property.
How Can Your Attorneys Help?
The experienced negligent security lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm can help you at every step of your case, beginning with a careful investigation of the location where the crime or injury occurred, to determine the extent of the negligent or inadequate security measures. Our seasoned attorneys will determine:
- Was there a history or pattern of criminal activity or similar crimes on or near the premises in a time period reasonably close to the date of your injury?
- What follow-up measures, if any, were taken to ensure that adequate security measures were in place to respond to reports of criminal activity?
- Was there adequate lighting, railings, locks, and alarms on the premises?
- Were security guards on duty and was the number of guards appropriate for the size and type of the property?
- Were employees adequately trained to deal with security threats?
- Was there an adequate surveillance system on the premises?
We will use these findings to determine the extent of the property owner or manager’s liability for your injuries based on the laws of your home state. We will help you meet the plaintiff’s burden of proving that the commercial property owners knew or should have known that the criminal activity or injury was reasonably foreseeable and that the owner or manager failed to put in place adequate security measures to protect you from harm.
Our experienced attorneys will investigate every detail of your potential case. We will bring in experts in the field of security and use their findings in pretrial reports. Without knowledge of verdicts and settlements in negligent security cases similar to yours, we will help you understand the value of your case and any potential hurdles that we will need to overcome together.
I’ve Been Injured in Public or at a Commercial Property - What Should I Do Now?
If you were injured as a result of criminal activity negligence on someone else’s commercial property, you should call the experienced negligent security lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your rights and next steps. Our attorneys are available to answer all of your questions and will work tirelessly to get the justice you