Negligent security can lead to several crimes, including shootings, assault and battery, sexual assault, and murder. Since crimes can vary widely, the injuries associated with negligent security can also vary and depend on the type of assault or attack the victim suffered.
Victims of shootings that happen due to negligent security, such as mass shootings, can suffer a range of catastrophic gunshot injuries including fatal wounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries from firearms are the second leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S.
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery can cause devastating injuries that will vary depending on whether the perpetrator used a deadly weapon in the assault. Victims can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, cuts and lacerations, stab wounds, fractures, and many other severe injuries.
Rape and Sexual Assault
Sexual assaults can cause many physical injuries such as extensive bruising, internal injuries of the female organs, genital trauma, urethral injuries, anal injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and others. In severe cases of sexual assault, the fertility of a victim can be compromised.
This list is not exhaustive, and victims of violent crime can suffer a number of physical injuries, some of which can have an impact on the rest of their lives. Some victims do not survive their injuries from a negligent security incident. In both cases, the victim or their family could have legal recourse. A negligent security lawyer can help clarify any legal options that may be available.
Emotional Injuries Associated with Negligent Security
Sadly, the emotional effects of a negligent security crime can be just as damaging as the physical injuries. In fact, for some victims, the emotional wounds may never heal completely and can lead to serious mental disorders. Emotional injuries associated with negligent security and violent crimes can include:
- Major depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Panic attacks and anxiety
- Recurring feelings of fear and helplessness
- Nightmares and insomnia
- Thoughts of suicide and attempting suicide
- Problems with relationships
- Numbing feelings with alcohol and substance abuse
Victims may face a variety of short-term and long-term emotional reactions after a negligent security crime. While violent crimes affect people in different ways, they can have a profound negative influence on the physical, emotional, and even financial well-being of a victim.
The law recognizes this, and victims may have legal recourse if they can prove that their damages arose due to a property owner’s failure to provide adequate security.
Compensation for Injuries and Financial Losses
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an avoidable violent crime, you could potentially file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation. While the exact details of any settlement you could receive will depend on your injuries and the circumstances of your claim, you could potentially recover the following types of compensation as well as others:
- Hospitalization costs
- Costs for any assistive medical devices or mobility aids
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages and earning capacity
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Reduction of life enjoyment
- Permanent disability
- Emotional and physical suffering
If your loved one died as a result of their injuries from a negligent security incident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You could recover other or additional damages that can include funeral costs and loss of benefits or income from the deceased.
If you are unsure about your next best steps, you can consult with a negligent security lawyer who can advise you and help you fight for what you deserve.
A Negligent Security Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered significant injuries and damages in a negligent security crime, you should not have to shoulder all the costs on your own. A negligent property owner, security firm, or others, could be liable for your damages.
Speaking to a negligent security lawyer can help you get clear on your legal options and best course of action. A lawyer will also be able to initiate the necessary administrative steps that can help you get your due. Your negligent security lawyer can:
- File your lawsuit
- Calculate your damages
- Collect the relevant evidence proving your claim
- Identify all responsible parties
- Pursue adequate compensation
- Negotiate with the defendants
- Fight for you in court
The sooner you act, the sooner you could receive compensation. Acting in a timely manner will also help you stay within the time limits that most states have set for civil lawsuits. A dedicated negligent security lawyer will support you and be by your side throughout your case, fighting for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Ben Crump, PLLC does not charge any upfront attorney’s fees in negligent security cases, so you do not have any financial risks if you work with us. Call us today for a free, no-obligation case review with one of our team members at (800) 896-1221.