Criminal activity in our neighborhoods or the places we frequent on a daily basis can make us feel unsafe. We also risk becoming the victims of horrific crimes on properties with negligent security. When you or someone you love is affected by violent crime, entire lives can be turned upside down. Witnessing a crime or getting seriously hurt in one can negatively affect both our personal and professional lives.
Crimes have significant consequences not only on the individual victim but also on their families and the wider community. These consequences can be physical, psychological, financial, and social. If you have suffered any injuries and financial losses in a crime that happened due to negligent security, you can consult a negligent security lawyer and find out if you have legal recourse.
Emotional Effects of Negligent Security
Victims of negligent security crimes may never fully recover psychologically, especially if they suffered a violent and traumatic attack. Negative psychological effects can include:
- Feelings of anxiety and fear
- Flashbacks of the crime
- Nightmares and problems with sleeping
- Feelings of shame and embarrassment
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Self-destructive behaviors
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Thoughts of suicide
Resources are available for those looking for help, including the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), which lists various resources. Victims may also want to consider mental health therapy to help them process what happened and heal from it. While some resources are free, counseling can be costly. Filing a lawsuit against a negligent business owner can provide victims with the necessary compensation to help with medical and counseling expenses.
Physical Effects of Negligent Security
Negligent security can result in violent crimes, including stabbings, shootings, sexual assaults, and more. These injuries can be fatal, life-threatening, and/or disabling. Injuries from violent crimes can include serious head and brain injuries, fractures, and permanently disabling gunshot wounds. The negative consequences of suffering from such significant physical injuries can include:
- Financial hardship due to loss of income
- Permanent disability
- Expenses from any hospital stays
- Pain and suffering
- Future bills for medical treatments and devices
- Expensive medications
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Inability to enjoy previous hobbies and activities
If someone else is responsible for a negligent security attack or assault, the victim can potentially hold the responsible parties to account and recover compensation. Victims could also sue the perpetrator of the crime for any damages, but it can be difficult. The criminal may have disappeared or may lack the resources to compensate victims.
Finding Legal Recourse
If you are dealing with the negative effects of a negligent security incident, you can potentially take action to pursue justice as well as compensation for your suffering and expenses. However, you will need to prove that negligent security existed.
Negligent security applies when a property owner, business owner, or another responsible party could have prevented a crime had they installed appropriate security measures. Such security measures can include adequate lights, fencing, locks, security cameras, or security guards.
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove negligence in the following way:
- The owner had a duty of care.
- They breached the duty of care.
- You suffered injuries and damages as a result.
You could recover compensation if you are able to prove that the assault or attack would not have occurred had the property owner provided adequate security. Since negligent security lawsuits can be tough to prove, you may wish to seek the assistance and legal counsel of a negligent security lawyer.
Your Negligent Security Lawyer Can Fight for You
You do not have to worry about handling a negligent security lawsuit on your own. The help of a negligent security lawyer is only a phone call away. Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you build a case against a negligent business or property owner.
We do not collect any attorney’s fees upfront and have the resources to litigate negligent security cases on a no win no fee basis. We can help you build a case in several ways, such as:
- Gathering evidence
- Determining all liable parties
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Filing any applicable paperwork
- Representing you in court, if needed
Do not hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our team about your case. We can offer you a free initial review to determine whether you have a case and address any questions you might have. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now at (800) 896-1221.