Being a victim of crime such as an assault or attack can be traumatizing and result in physical as well as emotional injuries. If the crime happened on someone else’s property, and the responsible person or business failed to install adequate security, you should connect with a negligent security lawyer for assistance. A lawyer can help you determine whether you have legal recourse and assist you with holding the responsible party to account for your damages.
Hiring a Negligent Security Lawyer Can Be Beneficial to Your Case
While you could potentially go it alone and file a lawsuit as well as represent yourself at court, this can have pitfalls. Generally, in order to have a chance of success, you will require sound legal knowledge as well as negotiating skills. While self-representation is possible, it is not always advisable, especially in more complex cases such as negligent security claims. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), litigants representing themselves are at a distinct advantage.
A negligent security lawyer can protect your rights, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for a fair settlement covering all your damages.
Ways in Which a Negligent Security Lawyer Can Help
There are a number of practical ways in which a negligent security lawyer can further your claim. Perhaps one of the most important advantages of hiring a lawyer is that you will have peace of mind that a legal professional who knows the applicable laws will be in your corner. They will work on protecting your rights and have your best interests at heart. A negligent security lawyer can help in a number of other ways, including:
Assessing Your Damages
When it comes to adequately calculating all their damages, many victims do not know where to start. This can result in leaving money on the table in negotiations with the at-fault party or insurances. A negligent security lawyer knows how to calculate all your damages adequately, including past, present, and future costs. Your lawyer will also be able to collect the necessary evidence to prove your damages, including those of a non-economic nature such as pain and suffering.
Identifying the Liable Parties
It is easy to jump to the conclusion that the property owner must be liable for your damages. While this can be the case, consider that there could be other liable parties in your claim. Identifying all liable parties can be crucial for recovering damages. Your lawyer will research your case in order to identify all liable parties and pursue adequate compensation for your suffering as well as your financial losses.
Negotiating with Insurances and Defendants
Having a negligent security lawyer work on your behalf can be particularly advantageous when it comes to the negotiation stage. Many personal injury cases do not make it to a trial. A negligent security lawyer knows what your claim is worth and can negotiate expertly on your behalf.
Representing You in Court
If your case goes to trial, a negligent security lawyer will fight for your rights to justice and compensation. They will aim to protect you from any attempts by the other side to shift the blame for an incident on you in trying to deny liability.
Proving a Negligent Security Claim
Proving your claim against a property owner can be complex and challenging. Also, consider that the owner may not be the only responsible party in your claim. Liable parties could be a lessee, a management company, or a security firm, among others.
A negligent security lawyer will pursue all avenues for recovering compensation.
For a negligent security lawsuit to have a chance of success, you will have to prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant was aware of a risk of injury through negligent security but failed to fix the problem.
- The neglect of adequate security resulted in a crime against you.
- You suffered damages as a direct result of the crime.
However, several other factors may also play a part in proving your claim. The plaintiff or claimant typically must show that the owner or other responsible party knew that the negligent security condition existed and failed to take action within a reasonable timeframe.
The defendant should have known that similar crimes took place on the premises or in the immediate neighborhood and should have foreseen a crime. Proving this can be a sticking point in a claim. The property owner or other at-fault party will most likely fight liability and responsibility vigorously.
Ben Crump, PLLC Can Protect Your Rights
Once you have received medical attention and contacted law enforcement, you should speak with a negligent security lawyer for the protection of your rights and help with pursuing compensation.
We can potentially help you receive the compensation you deserve if a property owner or other party’s negligence preceded your attack or assault. Contact Ben Crump, PLLC today for a free consultation to determine whether you have a claim at (800) 896-1221.