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Criminal activity can impact anyone. And when criminal activity causes serious injury or death, the only people typically found liable are those who committed the crime.
However, when individuals are in public or private places like shopping centers, hotels, or apartment complexes, they trust those who own the property to have proper security measures in place to help ensure their safety. When that trust is violated because of inadequate or insufficient security, a property owner or company may be liable for any injuries.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime caused by negligent security, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney for legal representation. At Phillips Law Group, our qualified Phoenix negligent security lawyers can help you seek damages by guiding you through the entire claims process.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today to review your case and inform you of your legal options. Our main office in Phoenix is located near Phoenix College and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
At Phillips Law Group we work on contingency, which means there are no upfront costs for our services unless we help you recover fair compensation for your case.
Contact us today at the number or form on this page to learn more about your legal options.
Understanding Negligent Security Cases
Negligent security is a form of premises liability that deals with crime on public or private property, such as when an individual is injured by a third party in an assault or during the commission of a crime, like a robbery.
In these cases, a property owner or company failed to provide a safe and secure area, leaving an individual vulnerable to crime. The victim may have a valid claim for negligent security if the crime could have been prevented using reasonable safety measures.
Some examples of negligent security by property owners include:
- Lack of security guards on duty
- Open gates
- Broken or open locks
- Lack of security precautions or measures
- Failure to monitor or have a security system
- Security cameras not in proper working order
- Poor interior and/or exterior lighting
- Failure to conduct criminal background checks
There are a number of factors that can contribute to a lack of security on a property. If you are a victim of a crime caused by negligent security, a reputable Phoenix negligent security attorney may be able to hold property owners accountable for your damages.
What Does Adequate Security Consist Of?
Adequate security will vary depending on the needs of a particular property. Some examples of adequate security measures can include:
- Locking doors and windows when needed
- Installing and monitoring security cameras
- Employing security guards on the property
- Gated entrances with automatically closing gates
- Brightly lit interior and exterior areas
For property owners, there may be other factors to consider for adequate security depending on the crime rates and threat levels of a particular area.
For example, a self-storage facility owner may consider installing adequate fencing to help prevent trespassers from entering and breaking into units and upgrading the security cameras to help identify criminals who break into the facility. If property owners can identify and prosecute criminals, it may deter others from attempting to do the same thing. This could help prevent customers from being victims of crime.
Negligent Security Cases We Handle
Our firm is prepared to handle a variety of claims involving negligent security and may be able to provide legal representation to victims assaulted or attacked on another’s property, such as in:
- Shopping centers
- Retail stores
- Hotels and motels
- Parking lots or garages
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Bus or train stations
- Bars and nightclubs
If someone else’s negligence caused you injury, consult with a negligent security lawyer in Phoenix as soon as possible. We can conduct a thorough investigation into your case and determine whether or not security measures were ignored or overlooked by the owner of a property.
What You Must Prove in a Negligent Security Case
In order to determine if you have a valid claim and may be entitled to damages, you must be able to prove the following four elements of negligence in a negligent security case:
Duty of Care
The owner of the property owed you some type of duty of care. This means the property owner had a legal duty to provide a safe environment with adequate security because a reasonable person in a similar position would have done so to help prevent visitors from suffering harm or injury.
Breached Duty of Care
The owner of the property breached his or her duty of care to you by failing to exercise reasonable care. In other words, the owner failed to provide adequate security measures such as hiring security guards, installing cameras, or fixing poorly lit areas on the property.
This means there must be a direct link between the owner of the property’s actions and any injuries you suffered. For instance, maybe you were robbed at a local convenience store. You may have a case if you can prove the convenience store owner’s failure to take reasonable steps to try to reduce the increase in thefts at his or her store, led to your injuries.
Lastly, you must have suffered damages as a result of your injuries. In a negligent security case, a court may award you damages to cover the cost of lost wages, medical bills, lost earning capacity, physical pain, and mental suffering, among other damages.
If the owner of a property knew or should have known there was a lack of security measures, but neglected to take action to correct them, he or she may be held liable. Our dedicated Phoenix negligent security attorneys can help you understand your legal rights so that you can focus on your recovery.
Can Landlords Be Held Liable?
Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their property is safe from crime, and that very much includes landlords.
Property owners who lease their property as landlords have a duty to ensure the property has a sufficient amount of security. A landlord has a duty to take precautions to protect tenants from harm. If your landlord fails to provide adequate security measures and you suffer harm, it’s possible they can be held liable.
In order to bring a negligent security case against a landlord, a tenant needs to show that the landlord’s failure to provide adequate security was the cause of the injury. For instance, if your landlord fails to install cameras or keep the premises properly lit, those could be considered failures in providing acceptable security measures.
If you believe you have a negligent security case that involves your landlord, contact Phillips Law Group for a free, initial consultation to discuss your case and legal options.
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