Negligent security occurs when a property owner fails to provide adequate security on their premises, and as a result, an attack, assault, robbery, or another foreseeable criminal act happens. Criminal acts may be “foreseeable” when similar acts have taken place at a property before.
Generally, property owners are responsible to make their property reasonably safe for visitors and customers. If you or a loved one suffered harm due to negligent security, you could consult with an Oklahoma City negligent security lawyer for help with recovering financial awards.
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Negligent Security Claims
Getting hurt in an attack or a robbery can be upsetting and traumatizing. Your first instinct might be to find out how you can hold the person who attacked you accountable for your damages. However, going after an attacker could prove fruitless if they took off and disappeared, or if they do not have the means to compensate you.
You might have the option of holding a property owner liable for your damages, especially in cases where criminal activity has occurred on the premises before. There can be various responsible parties you could hold accountable in a negligent security claim, including the property owner, lessees, security companies, and business owners, among others.
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Defining Negligent Security
A negligent security claim can arise practically anywhere on private or commercial property. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) lists common places of attacks for criminal activity. Among them are bars, restaurants, gas stations, parking garages, and workplaces. Other places where negligent security incidents can occur are:
- Apartment complexes
- College dorms
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Office buildings
- Hospitals and care homes
- Public transit
- Theatres and sport stadiums
Negligent security can happen at a property for several preventable reasons, including:
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken locks
- No fencing or broken fencing
- Untrained security guards
- Malfunctioning security cameras
There can be other ways in which a property owner may have failed to install appropriate security measures at their property. You could hold them liable if you can prove that criminal activity occurred on the property or in the area and that the responsible party failed to take any action to make their property safe.
If you are the victim of negligent security, an Oklahoma City negligent security lawyer can help you review your legal options. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today for a free consultation.
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Proving Negligent Security
Proving negligent security can be tricky and might require a great deal of research. Elements that you and your lawyer will have to prove in a negligent security lawsuit include:
- The property owner or other responsible person had a duty of care.
- You were on the property legally.
- Criminal activity could be foreseen at the property.
- The responsible party failed to install adequate security measures.
- You suffered injuries due to negligent security.
- You suffered damages as a result.
Every negligent security case is different. However, cases typically require expert witness testimony to prove negligent security. A lawyer might have to research the case extensively, including any crime data about the area. Your lawyer, most likely with the help of expert witnesses, will also assess whether the security was insufficient to protect visitors to the property from any criminal activity.
Victims of negligent security can suffer physical and emotional consequences. Violent crimes can lead to devastating injuries, such as head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and many others.
Victims may suffer from the traumatizing emotional effects of a violent attack and develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In some cases, injuries suffered in a negligent security incident prove fatal for the victim.
If you incurred large medical bills and lost income due to a negligent security attack, you deserve justice and could sue the responsible party in a personal injury lawsuit. If your relative died due to a negligent security incident, you might be able to file a wrongful lawsuit and recover compensation.
Compensation You Could Recover
If you can prove that your injuries and damages occurred due to negligent security, you could recover damages. While it can be challenging to generalize about how much you could recover exactly, your Oklahoma City negligent security lawyer can assess your financial losses and other damages. In general, you might be able to recover the following compensation:
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Medical expenses can include any therapies or care you need to recover from the attack or assault, including hospital stays, medications, psychotherapy, physical therapy, and other medical expenses. If the incident left you temporarily or permanently disabled, you could also receive costs for in-home help.
If an attack left you unable to work, you could receive lost wages as well as future lost wages in a negligent security claim or lawsuit.
If you are the victim of a brutal and life-changing assault or robbery, you could receive noneconomic damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of life quality, and others.
Compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life, as well as on other circumstances of your specific case. An Oklahoma negligent security lawyer can analyze your claim and advise you on compensation that may be due to you.
You could file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one died due to negligent security. Compensation in a wrongful death claim can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of benefits and income from the deceased
- Loss of companionship
If you are interested in taking legal action, you might want to meet with a lawyer as soon as you can as time limits apply for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Statutes §12-95 sets a two-year deadline for filing a personal injury action in civil court. The clock starts ticking on the day of the incident. Oklahoma Statues §12-1053 also sets a two-year deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
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If you suffered the devastating consequences of someone else’s negligence, they should pay for your damages. While negligent security cases can be complex and tough to prove, we do not shy away from holding negligent property owners accountable.
We have the resources to fight for you and work on a “no win, no fee” basis.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, now to schedule a free consultation at (800) 896-1221.