Negligent security can apply to public property as well as private, commercial, and residential properties. Public properties that may lack adequate security can include parking lots, government offices, public transport stations, airports, and others. If you suffered harm, you could potentially file a negligent security claim against a public property owner.
However, if you got hurt on public property, different laws and regulations may apply. When the property owner is a county, state, city, or other government entity, you typically have to provide a notice of claim before you can consider litigation. Every state has a different timeline for filing a notice of claim. In some instances, the timeframe for filing notice can be as short as 90 days. While in other states, you may have years to file a notice of action, you should inform yourself about the laws applying in your state as soon as you can.
There can also be other complications when it comes to holding a government entity or agency to account for negligent security. If you have experienced an assault or attack on public property, you can consult with a negligent security lawyer to find out whether you could sue and recover compensation.
Injuries from Negligent Security Incidents
Premises law recognizes that those who suffered injuries and financial expenses should have legal recourse not only with the perpetrator of the crime but also a property owner who failed to take reasonable security measures. Public property owners could be held to account on the same principle as private property owners.
Victims of violent crimes can suffer a range of debilitating injuries that may require lengthy and expensive medical treatments. Injuries in assaults can include head and torso injuries such as contusions, lacerations, and fractures. Victims may suffer fatal or disabling gunshot and knife wounds in a violent assault.
If you suffered debilitating injuries in a violent attack, assault, shooting, or stabbing, you could potentially hold a public property owner to account. If your loved one died after experiencing a negligent security crime on public property, you could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit against a public property owner, such as a government agency.
Compensation You Could Receive
If you can successfully hold a public property owner or another liable party to account for your injuries and expenses, you could potentially collect various types of compensation, depending on your injuries and other factors of your claim.
As affirmed by the American Bar Association, you must show that the property owner had a duty of care, they breached their duty, and you suffered injuries and losses as a result of that breach.
Economic damages typically aim to reimburse victims of attacks or assaults and their families for monetary losses. This can include medical bills for their present, past, and future medical treatments. Economic damages can also include any loss of income and future loss of income due to physical or emotional injuries suffered in an attack. Damage to property and any out-of-pocket expenses connected to the incident will also fall into the category of economic damages.
This particular type of damages can be tough to calculate as non-economic damages are not usually based on monetary value. They include any negative influences an injury has on the life of the victim. Non-economic damages could compensate for physical pain and emotional distress, as well as the loss of life quality. In instances where a victim suffered life-changing and disabling injuries, non-economic damages can include amounts for permanent disability, loss of a limb, or permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC Can Fight for You
If you want to find out whether negligent security applies to public property in your specific case, you should speak to a law firm that handles these types of subjects. You do not have to struggle through a complicated negligent security claim on your own. Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you file a claim against a government entity and be by your side every step of the way.
Do not wait to seek legal advice as a claim against a public property owner can be extremely time-sensitive. Failing to act soon after you experienced an assault or attack on public property could prevent you from recovering your losses.
Public property negligent security claims can also be complex and may require a great deal of research and tenacity. We do not shy away from tough cases and can potentially help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now at (800) 896-1221 for a free case review to see if a negligent security lawyer can help you get compensation.