When you are out at a concert, bar, or nightclub, your main intention is focused on having a good time. You arrive, dressed to the nines, dancing shoes on and ready to go. The last thought to occur is the possibility of the establishment not being in a safe condition. Alternatively, the land surrounding the immediate area may have a high level of crime, especially at closing time. Failure to lock a gate, back door, or fenced-in area could allow criminals and riffraff onto the premises. A motion sensor may be switched off out of habit, but not reactivated. The business owner is then on notice, meaning they are aware of these potential dangers. If the owner does not address these dangers, or delays taking action to protect their clientele, they may be liable for any injuries that occur due to their negligence. This means if the harm to you or a loved one was reasonably foreseeable by the owner, he was required to make the area safe.
You have the right to feel safe and protected when you enter a business establishment or are leaving to make your way home. However, injuries can and do occur. If so, you need a personal injury attorney that is experienced in negligent security measures and premise liability. If you or a loved one had been injured through no fault of your own, contact us to find out how we can help.
Serious crimes against a victim resulting from inadequate security include robbery, battery, assault, kidnapping, and rape. These violent crimes can be devastating, possibly life threatening. Certainly, life altering. Medical bills, lost wages, therapy – it all adds up quickly. You may not be responsible for these bills if the property owner is found liable for negligent security. The owner has a duty to maintain a safe environment including keeping the area brightly lit and patrolled.
If the owner is held liable for the harms you experienced, they will have to pay a portion, if not the sum total of all the injuries. The cost will be calculated by including both general and specific damages. This estimate will be used to argue how much compensation you may recover for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Common injuries you may experience due to negligent security include bruises, broken bones, concussions, fractures, and internal injuries. You may also experience emotional harm such as repetitive memories, ongoing trauma, and other symptoms that manifest to a PTSD diagnosis.
The potential for harm in an unsafe, unsecured area must be evaluated and corrected by the owner. If the owner does not do so, and you are injured through no fault of your own, you need one of our negligent security personal injury lawyers. If you have questions about a case, contact a Personal Injury Lawyer, like The Law Offices of Francis X Young PLLC.