Property owners, lessors, and others who occupy and oversee properties have a responsibility to invitees and customers to keep them safe from foreseeable and unreasonable harm. While you may most commonly think of falls and other similar injuries, negligent security may also support this type of legal case.
If you suffered injuries because of missing or inadequate security in St. Paul, MN, the property owner or another liable party might be accountable for your injuries and related expenses. A St. Paul negligent security lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you pursue a financial award if we believe your case has legal merit.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now at (800) 896-1221 for a complimentary evaluation of your case.
Understanding Negligent Security as a Premises Liability Case
When a property owner or other responsible party does not provide adequate security based on foreseeable risks and reasonable possibilities, they may be legally responsible for injuries that occur as a result. This could include many types of physical attacks and criminal actions, including mugging, rape, battery, or even murder.
Property owners who must consider the security of their visitors and patrons include a wide range of businesses and other locations, including:
- Bars and nightclubs
- Banks and ATMs
- Retail stores
- Gas stations
- Movie theaters
- Shopping malls
- Universities, including dorms
- Other schools
- Parking structures or large lots
While security guards may be the first thought when you hear “negligent security,” many property owners take steps to protect their visitors without hiring security guards. When these efforts are not sufficient, however, negligent security may occur. Consider these examples:
- Staff in the lobby of a hotel props the door open, allowing those without a keycard to enter.
- Security guards at a nightclub are positioned inside the entrance instead of outside the door where they can see the parking lot.
- Inadequate lighting leaves the stairwells or parking areas dark at night.
- The apartment does not have a working lock, and an attacker forces himself in.
- The store’s security cameras are not working or do not cover parts of the exterior.
In any of these cases, we might be able to build a case against the property owner in a negligent security lawsuit.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we can help you understand who may be responsible in your case and determine if we believe it is possible to secure a financial award based on the circumstance of your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a negligent security lawyer serving St. Paul, call (800) 896-1221
How an Attorney Can Help
A St. Paul negligent security lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC knows how to prove negligent security cases. We will gather evidence to prove liability, when possible. This generally requires us to prove:
- The defendant had a duty to protect you.
- They knew there was a possibility of injury because of previous crimes nearby or because it is reasonable to believe this may be a risk.
- They failed to take actions that could have prevented the crime and your injuries.
We can work with experts who can testify to a known history of similar crimes in the area, escalating crime nearby, or other proof that the property owner should have considered an attack like the one you suffered a possibility.
Reach out to the legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today. These cases are often difficult, but we do not shy away from tough cases. We do not believe you should have to pay for the injuries you endured out of your pocket. We believe the property owner who failed to protect you should cover your expenses and losses, not you.
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Calculating a Fair Payout in a St. Paul Negligent Security Case
Before we take any action against the property owner or another responsible party, we will use the documentation of your related expenses and losses to calculate what a fair settlement would look like based on your accident damages. This allows us to ensure we do not settle for too little during settlement negotiations and that we argue for a just award if we need to take your case to court.
Recoverable losses in a premises liability case may include:
- Medical care costs for your injuries
- Psychological therapy and support
- Lost income if you missed time at work
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to your work
- Property losses and damages
- Other accident-related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You may also be able to pursue wrongful death losses under Minn. Stat. § 573.02 if a family member passed away and negligent security was a factor.
Statute of Limitations on St. Paul Negligent Security Claims
In Minnesota, victims of negligent security generally have up to two years to take their case to court under Minn. Stat. § 541.07(1). However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, you will need to act much sooner if the injuries occurred on government property.
In addition, you may have up to three years to take action based on your loved one’s wrongful death, per Minn. Stat. § 573.02, §§ 1.
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A St. Paul negligent security lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC might be able to help you seek and recover a settlement or financial award if you suffered injuries due, at least in part, to negligent security.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our team provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis. We only take our fees from the settlement or award we recover in your case, never from you or your family. Call us today at (800) 896-1221 for your free case review and to learn more about how we may be able to help.