Landlords, property management groups, and other business owners receive great economic benefit from your presence on their property, but when the negligence of the business causes a customer injury, that may give rise to a claim known as premises liability.
While a business is not required to guarantee your safety, in North Carolina, business owners must take reasonable and necessary precautions to protect its customers and tenants from harm. Reasonable precautions include: warnings, adequate lighting, cameras, sufficient personnel, security systems, security guards, limited access and other means necessary for the time and the area. More security is needed at night, and obviously, a high crime area needs more security than a low crime area. If you have been a victim of inadequate security, you need a lawyer that is experienced in premises liability.
At Randall & Stump, Criminal Defense Attorneys, we can help you understand your rights, the potential claim you may have and the strategies that may be available in your case to seek justice for your injuries. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling personal injury cases throughout North Carolina.
Premises Liability And Inadequate Security Measures
Unfortunately, crime is a part of our society. You can’t turn on the news or read the paper without seeing a story about someone falling victim to a violent crime. Random and unprovoked assaults, in many instances, could have been prevented if the business was willing to spend a little of their profits for adequate security.
Inadequate security by a business often leads to tragic consequences in hotels, bars, night clubs, shopping centers, parking decks, malls and apartment complexes. Many cases involve assaults, sexual assaults, and/or robberies. The victims of these crimes and the business’ negligence will be scarred for life and not just physically. All too often the victims suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) and many times they fear going in public years after these, essentially destroying life as they knew it, prior to that tragic event.
If you were assaulted or injured on someone else’s property, you may have a claim through the property owner’s liability insurance. It is important to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to evaluate your case. It is very important to speak with an experienced lawyer immediately so that the facts of your case can be investigated, evidence can be preserved, and most importantly so you can get help with seeking the medical attention you may need.