Were You Harmed on Someone Else’s Property Due to Negligent Security?
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Cases involving negligent security are often complicated because the property owner typically denies doing anything wrong. They’ll claim that their property is safe and that your attack was just a random occurrence, or they might even try to say you did something wrong to put yourself in danger. If that weren’t enough, the property owner’s insurance company will probably back them up and try to place some of the blame on you – or worse yet, say the whole incident was your fault.
You deserve better. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a strong negotiator who knows how to handle the insurance company and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. If they refuse to give you a payout that’s fair, he’s more than willing to take the fight to court and argue for your needs in front of a judge and jury. In fact, he thrives in that environment as an accomplished trial attorney.
What is negligent security?
Negligent security, which falls under the legal category of premises liability, involves an individual becoming the victim of a criminal attack on someone else’s property due a lack of adequate security. The violent attack can include:
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault
- Shootings / Stabbings
Negligent security cases are typically brought against property owners and property managers on the grounds that the violent criminal act could have been prevented had appropriate measures been taken to ensure the safety of everyone on the property. While attacks can happen anywhere, negligent security claims often involve criminal acts at places such as:
- Apartment complexes and condos
- Parking lots, especially at grocery stores and shopping malls
- Parking garages
- Gas stations
- Hotels / Motels
- ATM machines
- Public swimming pools
Security should always be a priority for property owners and managers, as they have a legal responsibility to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. Unfortunately, many property owners fail to take even minimal steps to prevent or deter criminal activity on their property, and as a result, people are seriously harmed. When that happens, attorney Zach Herschensohn can make them answer for their negligence and hold them accountable.
What are some examples of negligent security?
If you were injured or harmed in a violent crime due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you may be able to pursue damages through a negligent security claim. Some common examples of negligent security include:
- Lack of or poorly trained security guards
- Having defective security cameras or no security cameras at all
- Knowingly installing cameras that don’t work to provide a false sense of security
- Not installing appropriate locks or restricting access to a building
- An absence of fencing or railings
- Inadequate lighting
In order to prove negligent security, the victim must show evidence that:
- The property had unsafe conditions and presented a risk that wasn’t blatantly obvious.
- The property owner/manager knew about or should have known about the conditions.
- Reasonable measures were not taken to remove or reduce the dangerous conditions.
- These actions all contributed to or caused the criminal attack.
In areas of high crime or places with a lot of recent criminal activity, property owners should take steps to provide security because any crime that takes place on their property may be considered reasonably foreseeable.
Trust Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC to handle your case and deliver results
If you’ve been seriously harmed due to lack of security on someone else’s property, it’s important to understand your legal rights. While a criminal case can be brought against the person who attacked you to hold them accountable, pursuing a negligent security claim against the property owner is often your best option to recover compensation. Remember, you didn’t do anything wrong, and you deserve to receive financial compensation for your damages.
Let our law firm go to work for you. Attorney Zach Herschensohn can build a strong case on your behalf. Best of all, we’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win. See what Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.