When property owners or managers have inadequate security or are negligent in their security measures, visitors to their premises can be seriously injured in violent crimes. If you have been hurt due to a criminal act on someone else’s property, you should learn about your legal right to compensation. The St. Louis negligent security attorneys of Sumner Law Group, LLC, have more than 50 years of combined legal experience handling complex premises liability claims.
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Examples of Negligent Security
Property and business owners may be found negligent in providing security in many ways, including:
- Broken locks, which can allow intruders to get into secure premises or parts of the property
- Broken cameras, which inhibit proper surveillance of the premises and prevent recording of criminal or violent activity directed toward innocent visitors
- Inadequate or broken lighting
- Lack of adequate training for security personnel
- Security guard negligence that includes guards sleeping on the job, being distracted by cellphones or television, and failing to screen entrants to a secured building
- Failure to provide security personnel or security features, such as alarms or emergency call boxes, especially for properties where criminal or violent activity is likely to occur, such as malls or shopping centers, bars and nightclubs, or hotels
Common Types of Negligent Security Cases We Handle
If you have been injured by criminal or violent activity facilitated by the lack of adequate security on someone’s property, our St. Louis negligent security lawyers can help you demand justice. We help clients who have been injured by crime or violent activity in these places:
- Apartment buildings. Apartment owners and managers must keep their properties secure not only for residents, but also to protect tenants from neighbors who may intend harm.
- Parking garages. The low lighting and cramped conditions of parking garages make it easy for criminals to target potential victims for robberies, battery, or sexual assault.
- Gas stations and convenience stores. These properties are often are the targets of armed robberies.
- Bars and restaurants. These premises can have criminal or violent activity occur due to intoxicated patrons.
- Community centers. Gatherings at community centers should include proper security measures to ensure visitors’ safety.
- Hotels. Hotel owners or managers must keep their facility secure for guests.
Compensation in a Negligent Security Claim
Compensation in a negligent security claim can include:
- Medical recovery expenses, including trips to the ER, surgeries or other medical procedures, prescription medications, doctor’s appointments, and other related out-of-pocket costs such as transportation to appointments and procedures
- Long-term care costs, including physical rehab, mental health therapy, home health services, or home renovations to help accommodate disabilities caused by your injuries
- Lost wages or earning capacity when your injuries cause you to miss time from work or leave you with disabilities that preclude you from returning to your job
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life from physical disabilities or disfigurement
What to Do If You Have Been Attacked on Someone Else’s Property
Take these steps to help protect your rights after an attack on someone else’s property:
- Report the incident and your injuries to the property owner or business manager If your injuries take place at a commercial establishment, a manager or security officer may fill out an accident or incident report. Request a copy of this report before you leave.
- Take note of any nearby surveillance cameras that may have caught your injuries Ask the property or business owner to preserve surveillance footage from the time of your accident.
- Ask any witnesses for their names and contact information Your lawyer may later need to reach them for a statement about what happened.
- If possible and safe to do so, take photographs or videos of the scene Include details such as the lighting conditions and the condition of any safety or security equipment, including fences, gates, locks, or surveillance cameras.
- Get examined by a doctor An examination can identify and document any injures you suffered in the attack. Then follow your treatment plan.
- Talk to a negligent security lawyer from Sumner Law Group, LLC We can discuss whether you can hold the owner of the property or business accountable if negligent security facilitated the criminal or violent activity.
Talk to a Negligent Security Attorney Now
Have you been injured by criminal or violent activity on someone else’s property? You may be entitled to receive compensation for the property or business owner’s failure to provide adequate security. Contact Sumner Law Group, LLC, today for a free and confidential case review.