Negligent security is a type of premises liability, which relates to civil redress for violent acts and other crimes.
If a person is injured within a property by a third party, they are able to hold either the tenant or the owner liable for the crime by not providing the correct amount or type of security.
This is because tenants and owners of properties have a legal duty of care to look after anyone who either lives in or visits their premises. As part of these measures, they should have in place a number of security measures that are considered reasonable and that work to protect from any cases of crime. When and where a property tenant or owner ignores their responsibility to do this and someone gets injured or harmed as a result, the person in question is well within their rights to sue on the grounds of negligent security.
Individual cases of negligent security can and do vary greatly from case to case and include examples such as the following:
With each of these scenarios, the property tenant or owner had no reason as to why they did not remedy the issues that they were aware of that led to the crime happening. The fact that they did not make the premises more secure and safe acted as a major factor in the injuries that they sustained.
Being subject to negligent security is not just limited to a certain type of property or location and in fact includes the likes of:
It is both the tenant or the owner of a property that is typically held responsible for keeping the premises adequately secure. The exact specifics on who exactly the responsibility lies on varies from case to case, depending on the exact specifics of the contact relationships that are in place.
Some specific circumstances may seen any of the following people held responsible for negligent security:
For anyone who has been subject to a criminal attack, they will know exactly just how terrifying it can be, and many people do not know how to react to it happening to them. In an ideal world, the victim of such a crime should be able to follow all the required steps (listed below) in order to ensure they are completely protected, as well as fully prepared for the legal consequences. However, because the world, as we know, is not perfect, it means that victims are not always in a position where they can tick each and every box.
Those people who have been harmed after being subject to a criminal attack, their very first priority should be to make themselves safe and then have any injuries that they have sustained treated by a medical professional. Even if you do not have any visible signs of injury, you should still get checked out, as there may be internal damage that you may not be aware of. This is especially true because of the adrenaline rush that you will have experienced after going through such a traumatic episode.
Once you have done these things, you should then call the emergency services on 911. Doing this will mean that the event is treated as a crime and then an incident report is created. You should request a copy of this for your own personal records. If someone who manages the property also files an incident report, then you should obtain a copy of that also. Until you have spoken with a negligent security attorney,you should not sign any paper work or documentation that comes your way.
You should never admit that you were at fault or apologize for doing something. This is true for when ever you interact with witnesses, the property owner, law enforcement, and insurance companies. You should always speak with your attorney before making any kind of statement. As soon as you can, you should get in contact with an attorney, as they can help you to stop exposing yourself to legal risks and are in a position to provide you with advice as to what your options are at this point.
Be sure to take as many videos and photos with a camera as you can that document exactly what injuries you sustained and what your surroundings looked like at the time of the attack, as these will be useful during the legal proceedings that are to come. A review of the security measures that were in place after the time of the incident may not give an accurate insight into the conditions at the time of your attack, which is where video and photographic evidence that was taken at the time comes in handy. Where there are any witnesses to the crime that has just been perpetrated against you, then try your best to get their contact details, as well as their name(s).
Depending on both the severity and the nature of the crime that you have experienced, it may have ended up in you having to pay very expensive medical bills for a number of weeks, months, or even years. These costs include things such as care for overcoming your injuries, transportation costs, and the initial emergency care costs. In more severe cases that have resulted in serious, disabling and / or permanent damage being caused, it may be the case that further accommodations to your lifestyle or home are required in order to live. Changes such as these can have serious and life long effects on psychological and physical well being, as well as on your very way of life.
Attempting to seek out legal recourse for the injuries that you have sustained along with the help of an attorney, you can get the full level of compensation that you are entitled to - no matter how much that is. The most common types of damages that are awarded with negligent security claims include monetary damages and / or compensation.
The costs that are eligible through compensation in these types of cases include:
It is very important to remember when bringing about a case for recoverable damages is the idea of comparative negligence. Sometimes also referred to as comparative fault, this is a legal defense that is done across the vast majority of states in America. It requires that any damages that are awarded are based upon the % of fault by the plaintiff or the defendants. This means then that if it is the case that the plaintiff is determined to be somewhat at fault for the violent attack that they were subject to, then the amount of compensation that they are awarded is reduced by the % at which they were at fault.
Those states that do not currently follow this ruling of comparative fault include Washington DC. North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, and Maryland.
By having a fully qualified and well informed attorney in place to represent you and your case, you are significantly increasing your chances of building up a very strong case and so getting the outcome that you so desire, i. e. being financially compensated for the injuries sustained.
Whilst it is not a requirement nor a necessity to appoint an attorney to work for you, doing everything that you need to do in order to ensure that you win the case all by your self is a very big ask. Some of the things that you will need to do include conducting a full, comprehensive investigation and gathering up as much evidence as is possible.
An experienced and qualified attorney that has handled cases similar to yours in the past, will have a good knowledge of how to do a full investigation, how to work alongside the appropriate authorities (e. g. law enforcement) and any other experts that are brought in in order to help with the investigation. A good attorney is also able to advocate on your behalf based on the seriousness of your injuries and the nature of the case itself.
Cases of negligent security can happen to anyone in pretty much any sort of public or private premises in the United States of America. Where there are issues and concerns relating to safety and security and these are not adequately reminded in order to stop crimes from happening or harm to individuals from occurring, then the property owner or tenant is liable to be sued for their inaction, which has contributed to the injuries sustained during the crime taking place.
Pretty much no premises and no type of property owner are off bounds when it comes to negligent security, so if you are one it is important that you are doing everything possible to make people safe whilst they are in your premises. Should you not do this and someone is injured because of s crime then expect yourself to be sued.
When it comes to bringing a case to a tenant or a property owner, it is important to quickly get an attorney on board who can help with leading an investigation into the incident and getting you all of the financial recourse that you deserve.