While the crime rate varies depending on your community, many innocent people become the victim of violent crime on a daily basis. While violent crime is inevitable, sometimes crime victims suffer needless injury during an avoidable violent attack because a property owner fails to implement adequate security measures to protect the public. When property owners invite large segments of the public onto their property, they have an obligation to take reasonable measures to protect those on their property from violent crime.
The experienced negligent security attorneys at the Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC. understand that the scope and extent of this duty may turn on a careful analysis of the facts regarding your individual case. If a business or other property that is held open to the general public is in an area where there is a reasonable amount of violent criminal activity, the property owner or business owner is expected to take reasonable measures to provide adequate security for those that are present on the premises. Our attorneys work closely with security industry experts and former law enforcement personnel to conduct detailed investigations of crime patterns in the area and prior incidents of criminal acts on the property.
A property owner is not responsible for preventing all violent crimes on their property, but they are required to take reasonable measures, which may include hiring security guards, installing security cameras, providing adequate lighting, using security gates and doors. The extent of security measures a property owner should implement may be related to the extent and seriousness of criminal activity in the vicinity. Examples of the types of violent criminal offenses that a property owner may be required to take measures to prevent include the following:
- Assault & Battery
- Homicide (Manslaughter or Murder)
- Sexual assault
- Armed robbery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
Common Types of Negligent Security Cases
If a property owner knows or should know that there has been a pattern of serious violent crime in the area, the property owner may be liable for failing to provide adequate security based on this pattern of violent criminal activity. Negligent security claims may involve a wide range of circumstances including the following:
- Landlord liability
- Failure to provide adequate parking lot security
- Inadequate ATM security
- Negligent university or college campus security
- Substandard sports venue security
- Failure to properly screen or supervise security personnel
- Negligent store or mall security
- Assaults in stairwells, elevators and other common areas
These are just a few examples of the types of negligent security cases that our experienced attorneys routinely handle on behalf of violent crime victims. We know that when someone is the victim of violent crime, they can suffer lasting and substantial physical and emotional harm. Our compassionate team of negligent security lawyers understands these challenges and is committed to helping the victims of violent crimes obtain compensation for their injuries to facilitate the physical and psychological care they need to fully recover from their injuries. We are also committed to helping violent crime victims obtain justice.
Our personal injury attorneys have over a hundred years of collective experience representing those who are the victims of negligent security measures by property owners. We can help violent crime victims obtain damages for medical expenses, emotional injury, pain and suffering, lost earnings, permanent disability or disfigurement, loss of companionship of a spouse and other damages. If the person who attacked or assaulted you is convicted of a crime, we may be able to obtain substantial punitive damages. Many times when a court awards punitive damages it exceeds all other types of damages combined.
If you have been the victim of a violent attack, rape or sexual assault because a property owner has failed to install adequate security, the experienced negligent security attorneys at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC. can help.
We invite you to contact us if you or someone you love has been the victim of a violent crime resulting from negligent security and have suffered serious injury or a loved one has died. We understand the frustration, pain and anger that you are feeling and will represent you or your loved one with diligence, passion and sensitivity. Our committed team of negligent security attorneys can evaluate your negligent security claim and explain your options.