Negligent Security Lawyers Can Protect You After a Violent Crime
If you were the victim of a robbery, assault, or other violent crime, your whole world may be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. You may be injured, unable to work, and suffering from severe emotional distress. During this terrible ordeal, the perpetrator might not have been caught, leaving you with more questions than answers.
When this occurs, it is important to know where you can turn for help. While the police will take charge of the criminal aspects of your case, you need someone on your side to protect you and your rights to file a civil claim.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our negligent security lawyers can help you through the legal process. We will investigate all angles of your incident to determine if better security measures could have prevented your attack. If the property owner or manager failed to take necessary security steps, they may be responsible for your injuries and for the harm you have suffered.
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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Negligent Security Injury?
Before you decide whether or not you need to hire an attorney for a negligent security case, consider that you never know how much this injury could affect you farther down the road.
Whether it be chronic pain, potential disability, or other injuries. Having a lawyer by your side can help ensure that these long-term costs are taken care of in the overall insurance payout.
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What is Negligent Security?
Negligent security is the failure to protect people in a public space from violent acts. Public spaces like shopping malls, clubs, parks, restaurants, bars, and sports stadiums must protect visitors from harm.
Negligent security cases give customers, who have been injured after a criminal attack, a chance to seek damages. Winning these complex cases rely on many factors, including if the business could have foreseen the crime or if taking reasonable actions would have prevented the incident from occurring.
Who Is To Blame
Who Is To Blame
Sometimes people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Criminals are good at picking victims and getting away with their crimes. Yet, there are many situations where crimes could have been prevented. When this occurs, victims suffer unnecessarily.
A property owner has a responsibility to their customers to prevent criminal activity and attacks on their property. To do this, they must take the necessary safety and security steps. Properties in high crime areas must take even more steps to ensure the safety of their guests.
Some of these steps include, but are not limited to:
- Installing security cameras
- Adequate lighting in parking lots and garages
- Fencing and gating perimeter of the property
- Ensuring that all gates, doors, and locks are working correctly
- Installing security systems
- Hiring security personnel
- Training security guards and personnel
When a company is negligent with security measures, it can be held accountable for the injuries its customers and guests suffer.
Types of Negligent Security Incidents
Businesses and property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for all guests and customers. Unfortunately, not all property owners keep this duty. Many cut corners in security measures in an effort to save money. They may not cut overgrown shrubs, they may refuse to install adequate security cameras, or they may fail to fix broken lights. When this occurs, they can – and should – be held accountable for their negligence.
Some of the most common examples of negligent security incidents include:
- Club Shootings
- Assaults in a Bar or Restaurant
- Stabbings on Subways or Public Transportation
- Sexual Assaults in Apartment Complexes or in Parks
- Injuries suffered at Concerts, Malls or Other Businesses
- Attacks and Robberies in Parking Garages or Complexes
These are just a few examples of attacks and injuries that could have been prevented with better security on the premises.
If you or a family member suffered an unnecessary attack on someone else’s property, a negligent security attorney will work to help you obtain the money you need to put your life back together again.
Where Can Negligent Security Be a Concern?
Any type of public property can invite criminal activity without proper security measures. Poor lighting and overgrown shrubs provide safe cover when criminals are looking for victims.
Some of the most common properties where inadequate or negligent security could be a problem include, but are not limited to:
- Shopping Centers
- College Dorms
- Parking lots and parking garage
- Apartment complexes
- University campuses
- Bars and clubs
- Sporting venues
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If you have been the victim of a crime in Arkansas or surrounding states, the store, restaurant or premises may be partially to blame. Property owners have a responsibility to protect their customers from harm. When they fail to do so, they may be held accountable.
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