If you are injured due to negligent security, you may want to find out whom to contact. Immediately after the attack, you should seek medical help, even if you only have minor injuries. It can be important to exclude serious conditions. Some head injuries, for example, may not present with symptoms until days or even weeks have passed.
As well as seeking medical advice, you will also want to contact law enforcement and the owner of the premises immediately. Having a medical report detailing your injuries, as well as a police report if applicable, can help you if you later decide on taking legal action against the responsible party. Depending on the crime, law enforcement will also collect important evidence at the crime scene.
You also have the right to contact the office of a negligent security lawyer for help and advice. A lawyer can inform you about any legal options you might have for holding a property owner and other liable parties, such as a security firm, to account for your losses.
Where Negligent Security Attacks Happen
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), attacks and assaults can occur almost anywhere, including in schools, hotels, workplaces, parking garages, banks, gas stations, and in many other places. Negligent security incidents can happen on public, private, commercial, and residential property.
Examples of Negligent Security
While there can be many different examples of negligent security, usually, the property owner or representative failed to install adequate security. The owner is generally responsible for keeping the property safe. Some things a property owner can do are simple, such as making sure the property is well lit at all times. Examples of ways in which a property might lack security can include, among others:
- No security guards or untrained guards on the premises
- No security cameras or malfunctioning cameras
- Broken fencing or broken gates
- No locks or broken locks
- Inadequate amount of lights or broken lighting
Broken security cameras or lighting can give criminals a feeling of safety when committing any crimes. In turn, this can lead potentially lead to avoidable burglaries, robberies, rape, stabbings, shootings, and other crimes.
The Consequences of Negligent Security
Unfortunately, victims of violent crimes may suffer from the disastrous consequences of these crimes for the rest of their lives. The physical injuries, as well as emotional distress, can be long-lasting and debilitating.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that common injuries in attacks include:
- Contusions (bruising)
- Strains and sprains
- Bone fractures
- Internal Injuries
The body parts most affected, according to the CDC, tend to be the head area, arms and hands, and the upper torso.
However, the physical injuries are often not the only consequences for victims. The emotional health of victims of violent crimes may suffer extensively. Victims may develop anxiety, fear of leaving their houses, depression, and mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If this has happened to you, and you are now living with the consequences of a crime that happened due to negligent security, you can consult with a negligent security lawyer who will be able to determine whether you have a case and could potentially recover compensation for your damages.
Compensation You Could Recover
If you can hold a property owner or business to account for negligent security, you could recover compensation for financial losses as well as your suffering, depending on your case. With a personal injury lawsuit, you could receive the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Loss of income and loss of earning potential
- All medical expenses connected to the incident
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of life quality
If your loved one passed away due to a negligent security incident, you could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover other or additional types of compensation such as funeral costs and loss of companionship.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC for Help Today
If you are wondering who you should contact if you are injured due to negligent security, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for help and guidance. Negligent security cases are rarely straightforward, and proving your claim can be tricky. Also, consider that a property owner or business and their legal team may fight your claim and may try to push the blame for the accident on you.
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries and property damage, however, they should pay to make you whole again. We can help. In the first instance, we can determine whether you have a case in a free consultation. We can then help you file a claim and build a case against the responsible party.
Do not wait to seek legal advice, as most states have deadlines when it comes to filing personal injury or wrongful death claims. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC to take advantage of your complimentary case evaluation today by calling (800) 896-1221.