Negligent security or inadequate security is a form of premises liability. Many violent crimes are foreseeable to property owners, and with the proper training, experience and supervision, these crimes could be prevented. In fact, property owners (schools, colleges, businesses, convenience stores, shopping malls, bars, restaurants, parking lots, etc.) have a legal duty to protect those persons legally on their property from foreseeable criminal attacks.
Where they fail to adequately secure the premises, we will hold them liable to our client in a negligent security lawsuit. While you may feel that the property owner is protecting you from danger, it is often the case that property owners put profits over safety, and when that happens dangerous predators seize the opportunity to attack.
Examples of Negligent / Inadequate Security That We Pursue
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate parking lot surveillance
- Work place violence, negligent hiring, failure to screen employees or visitors
- Attacks in elevators, stairwells or parking lots
- Absence of security cameras, security guards or attendants
- Landlord liability
- Non-functioning locks, unlocked doors in hotels, apartment buildings, dorms, nursing homes
- Premises with prior history of violence and business owner failed to take measures to ensure safety of patrons
The Consequences of Inadequate Security
If a property owner lacks the proper safety and security measures it puts residents, employees, customers and guests property at greater risk for serious injuries. Inadequate security can lead to abductions, assault, battery, kidnappings, muggings, robbery, rape, sexual assaults, stabbings, shootings, and even death.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care in order to prevent harm from occurring. Acting and failing to act can both be negligent. Doing what a reasonably careful person wouldn’t do in the same situation is negligence. Not doing what a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation is negligence.
Reasonably careful property owners adequately secure their properties. The negligent failure to adequately secure a property can expose a property owner to legal liability in California.
Do I Have A Valid Negligent Security Lawsuit?
You have a valid claim for a negligent security lawsuit if:
- You were lawfully on a property (you were not trespassing)
- You were injured while on the property
- The owner of the property should have known about possible risks at their property and didn’t provide adequate security to protect against those risks
- Your injuries never would have occurred had adequate security been provided by the owner of of the property
Seek Justice – Demand Experienced Legal Representation
Our premises liability attorneys work with investigators, criminologists, and industry safety experts, to prove the manner in which security failed to adequately protect its tenants, customers, and workers from foreseeable danger. We commit to you that we will obtain the highest monetary recovery possible.
Our firm is also a major advocate for victim’s rights. Through our participation in various Victim’s Advocate programs we help victims of negligent security and other crimes receive the medical, counseling and legal services they need to help in their recovery.
If you or a loved one was injured or a victim in an attack or assault by a third party on someone else’s land or premises, contact our negligent security attorneys to discuss your legal rights.
Free Initial Legal Consultation – We Aren’t Paid unless there is a Recovery
Our consultations with potential clients are free and confidential. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs if we succeed in obtaining a recovery for you. We advance all the costs so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.