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Did Negligent Security Cause Your Injury?

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Personal Injury, Premises Liability on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

A negligent security claim under a premises liability theory can arise when a business owner has failed to exercise reasonable and necessary precautions to protect customers and tenants from being injured. For example, if you were attacked in an unlit convenience store parking lot, the property owner may be liable for your injuries. That’s why it is essential that if you have been hurt on someone’s commercial property, you contact the premises liability attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC. Our experienced attorneys can assess your case and fight for the damages you deserve. Contact us today by calling (980) 237-4579 to set up a free initial consultation.

Basics of Premises Liability

Although business owners aren’t expected to guarantee the safety of those on their property, the law does require that they exercise “reasonable care” to protect most visitors. It’s only “most,” because they aren’t required to protect those on the property illegally, such as trespassers, from anything but the harm caused by a willful act.

To receive damages for your injury, you must prove that the property owner negligently caused the condition,failed to warn, failed to protect against,or correct the problem that they knew or should have known existed. Property owners will typically defend with arguments that they didn’t know (or shouldn’t have known) of the hazard, or that the condition causing the injury was “open and obvious.”

Keep in mind that our seasoned premises liability attorneys understand the defenses that can be raised to your claim and that’s why we work closely with you to make sure we understand all the facts of your case. Because the details are so important, it is vital that you speak to us as soon after your injury as possible while your memory is fresh.

Types of Negligent Security Claims

Now that you understand the basics of premises liability, let’s discuss negligent security claims specifically. With these types of claims, the issue is whether the property owner provided enough security measures, such as lights, locks, or properly trained staff, to protect guests and tenants from harm.

Examples of incidents that can result in negligent security claims include:

  • Assaults in poorly or unlit parking lots
  • Faulty locking mechanisms for secured access apartment buildings
  • Robberies or assaults on commercial property with no security cameras
  • Sexual assault in apartments or lodging with badly lit hallways, unsecured outer doors, or weak room locks
  • Fights at clubs or bars that weren’t stopped by staff
  • Overzealous club bouncers that strongarm guests
  • Inadequate staffing at large venue events

Based on the typical facts of these claims, you can understand that hotels, bars, shopping centers, apartment complexes, and arenas are often the locations where negligent security is an issue. The owners of these establishments have a duty to lawful guests and tenants to provide adequate security. Some reasonable measures might include proper lighting, security cameras, hiring security, and training staff to be vigilant about safety concerns.

Your Injuries May Have Been Caused by Negligent Security

If you’ve been injured while at a commercial property, such as a hotel, shopping mall, or bar, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. It may not have occurred to you that the property owner could be responsible because of failing to act reasonably by providing adequate lighting, staff, or door locks. You need our experienced personal injury attorneys to analyze the facts of your case and help secure compensation for your injuries. Contact Charlotte premise liability attorneys of Randall & Stump, PLLC at (980) 237-4579 for your free initial consultation.