You have the right to be reasonably safe when you frequent a restaurant, business, gas station, and many other places that we all visit daily. If you suffered significant injuries in an attack, assault, or robbery on someone else’s property, you might have a negligent security claim. You could potentially recover compensation. An Austin negligent security lawyer can advise you on your available legal options. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 896-1221 for a free consultation with a team member.
Negligent Security Claims
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), nearly one in five violent attacks happen at restaurants, bars, gas stations, parking lots, and garages. Negligent security claims typically occur when a property owner should have foreseen the potential of a crime on their premises yet did not provide adequate security to prevent criminal activity on their premises.
If crimes happened at the property before, and a property owner did nothing, a negligent security claim likely arises. The following criminal activity could occur due to lax security:
An Austin negligent security lawyer can confirm whether you have a claim and possible legal recourse after your incident occurred.
How a Property Owner Can Provide Adequate Security
A property owner can do several things to ensure adequate security around their premises, including:
- Providing adequate lighting.
- Installing security systems and cameras.
- Ensuring timely repair of broken gates and fences.
- Employing professional and qualified security guards
- Installing alarms on the property.
If a crime happened at a property already, and the property owner or lessee did not take any steps to install security measures, you could hold them liable for your injuries and losses.
Many Places Vulnerable to Criminal Attacks
Attacks and robberies due to negligent security can happen in a variety of places, including:
- Retail stores
- Hotels and motels
- Apartment complexes
- Government buildings
- Public transit
- Nursing homes
- Bars and nightclubs
- Theme parks
- Sports stadiums
If you or a loved one suffered the horrific consequences of a crime due to negligent security, you could contact your Austin negligent security lawyer for help. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to learn more.
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The Consequences of Negligent Security
Victims of crimes that result from negligent security could experience negative impacts in several ways. If they suffer any severe or debilitating physical injuries in an attack, they could end up suffering from considerable physical pain. Serious injuries will also typically come with high medical bills.
However, being a crime victim does not only leave marks on the body. Sometimes, the emotional injuries suffered in an attack can last for a long time, debilitating victims and limiting their daily lives. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the trauma that can arise from becoming a crime might lead to a number of physical and mental effects.
The physical effects of trauma can include:
- Sleep deprivation
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- High blood pressure
The emotional and mental effects of being a victim of crime can consist of:
- Problems concentrating
Unfortunately, life may never be the same again for some crime victims due to the devastating emotional and physical effects of an attack or assault.
Just as you would seek medical help for your physical injuries, you should also seek professional help for your emotional injuries. Getting well again can come with a hefty price tag. However, whether you suffered physical or emotional injuries (or both), you could potentially recover compensation for all your injuries from a negligent property owner or lessee. An Austin negligent security lawyer can explain the process to you.
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Compensation You Could Recover
If you or a loved one are the victims of a crime, you most likely have incurred damages, including medical bills and the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property. If you successfully hold a property owner to account for negligent security, you could receive various types of compensation, including:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses.
- Loss of income and future reduced earning capacity.
- Psychological counseling and therapy.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Replacement and repair of any damaged property.
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the incident.
You might also receive punitive damages along with any compensation. A court will typically award punitive damages in cases where a defendant acted particularly recklessly.
To calculate all your damages adequately, especially your expected future expenses and pain and suffering damages concerning a negligent security incident, you might want to consult an Austin negligent security lawyer. Doing so might prevent you from leaving money on the table and accepting a settlement that doesn’t adequately cover all your costs, both now and in the future.
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Hiring a Negligent Security Lawyer
Property owners have the responsibility to take reasonable steps to keep their premises safe. However, for you to have a case to recover compensation in a negligent security case, you must prove that the property owner should have foreseen criminal activity and failed to install appropriate security measures.
Sometimes, you might find evidence of previous crimes committed at the premises when enquiring with the local police. However, successfully litigating a negligent security claim can present a challenge.
Negligent security cases typically require an extensive investigation and can become hard to prove. It can also feel daunting to stand up against a local business, property owner, or government entity that will most likely have extensive resources to fight any negligent security claims. However, this should not stop you from pursuing the compensation you deserve. Hiring an Austin negligent security lawyer can help you:
- Determine liability and negligence.
- Identify all negligent parties.
- Gather the evidence to prove your claim.
- Calculate your damages accurately.
- Build your case against the negligent party.
- Pursue a fair settlement through negotiations.
- Represent you in court.
A negligent security lawyer can also ensure that you file your case within the two-year statute of limitations for personal injury suits outlined in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
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Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Today for Help
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. You will not pay any upfront attorney’s fees if you work with us as we operate on a contingency basis in negligent security cases. Contact our team today at (800) 896-1221 to determine whether you have a negligent security case and learn more about how an Austin negligent security lawyer could help you recover compensation.
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