Were you attacked on someone else’s property because the property owner failed to properly secure the premises? If you were injured by the attack, you may be able to pursue a negligent security claim against the property owner to recover compensation for your losses.
Businesses, hotels and apartment communities are responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for tenants, customers, and employees. For instance, they must implement proper security measures to prevent dangerous criminal conduct. If a property owner failed to provide proper security and a victim was severely injured by a criminal as a result, the property owner may be held responsible for the victim’s injuries.
Contact the seasoned negligent security attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC right now at (404) 419-6674 to discuss your legal options if you were injured by criminal conduct at a business, hotel or apartment community, our Atlanta premises liability lawyers will explain how you may be able to hold the property owner responsible for your injuries.
What is Negligent Security?
Negligent security cases typically involve violence to tenants and guests that was reasonably foreseeable by the property owner or manager based upon prior criminal activities on the property or in the immediate vicinity of the property. Instead of talking proper safety measures to keep everyone safe, such as hiring a nighttime security guard, installing surveillance cameras, or enhancing the property’s exterior lighting, the property owner or manager does nothing because they want to cut costs.
The property owner may be liable for your injuries if:
- The property or business is open to the public
- A landlord owns or manages the property
- Guests, customers, or tenants are injured as a result of a third party’s criminal misconduct and the owner should have anticipated said misconduct.
Navigating Negligent Security Claims
Many of our potential clients ask us:
- How can a court determine if a property owner or manager has properly assessed the risk factors for potential violent criminal activity?
- What level of security are the property owner and manager responsible for providing to their tenants and guests?
The answer to these questions typically is: “it depends” because the analysis is very fact specific and usually must be resolved by a jury because it’s difficult for the victim and the property owner/manager to reach agreement on these issues. A knowledgeable negligent security attorney can help you understand which way the jury might lean based upon the unique circumstances of your case.
Our skilled team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC is just a call away. We have handled many negligent security cases and can help our clients recover compensation in cases involving:
- Lack of security personnel
- Lack of security cameras
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate staff training
- Negligent hiring
- Inadequate doors, locks, or gates
Why Should You File a Negligent Security Claim?
Premises liability laws are designed to protect you when you visit another person’s property. These laws require owners and managers to take the necessary steps to maintain the health and safety of patrons, tenants, and visitors. When property owners and managers do not take these precautions and you or a loved one are injured, you are eligible to recover compensation from the property owner or manager..
Negligent security injuries are often permanent and life-threatening. For instance, your child may have been shot in the back by stray gunfire from a drug deal gone wrong. If your child was fortunate to survive the attack, he or she may have lost the ability to walk if the bullet injured his or her spine. Your child might not ever be able to work or provide financial stability for his or her future family. A negligent security gives your child the opportunity to recover compensation for all harms caused by the incident, including future medical treatment and lost future earning capacity.
Even if your injuries were relatively minor, it’s important to file your negligent security claim so that others are not at risk of suffering similar injuries when they visit the property in the future. A successful negligent security claim may induce the property owner or manager to make the property safe for future patrons and tenants.
When Should You File a Negligent Security Claim?
We recommend that you file your negligent security claim as soon as possible after the incident occurred. A timely filed claim preserves information that might otherwise be lost, such as security footage and witnesses’ recollection of the incident. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the evidence you need to prove your claim is unavailable. Also, if you were injured on government property, there are typically many additional procedural requirements that you need to satisfy before ever filing your lawsuit.
Our veteran legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC is ready to take your call. We will discuss all of your options and then create a comprehensive strategy to maximize your compensation.
Knowledgeable and Dedicated Negligent Security Lawyers
If you are the victim of a violent criminal act while you were a guest on another’s property, reach out to us today at (404) 419-6674. You may be entitled to recover monetary compensation from the property owner or manager for your medical expenses, lost income, and your pain and suffering. Our lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyer, LLC, will do everything that we can to ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries.