If you have been assaulted as a customer or visitor to a commercial property, the possessor of that property may be liable for your injuries. Landowners and business owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect patrons, lawful visitors, and business invitees. Contact an assault injury lawyer at Malloy Law Offices, LLC today to discuss a possible premises liability claim for negligent security.
Negligent security is an area of premises liability by which owners or tenants of a property, where a criminal injury is inflicted, may be held liable for the injured party’s losses. A negligent security premises liability claim can arise from robbery, rape, battery, or assault that occurs on a commercial or residential property. This type of lawsuit is based on the duty of landowners and tenants to offer reasonable security measures to protect lawful visitors. For example, a Walmart, CVS, or retail business at a mall may have a duty to protect shoppers from foreseeable criminal attacks.
If you have been assaulted on another property, you will need to prove certain things to win a premises liability claim for negligent security. Liability may be imposed when a crime is foreseeable and reasonably preventable. You will need to show that the criminal assault committed against you was reasonably foreseeable on the property and that the property or business owner failed to:
Premises liability is a complex legal area. If you have been assaulted on someone else’s property, our experienced lawyers can investigate the incident to determine how your injury occurred and whether the property owner or business had a legal duty to protect you from harm and failed in that duty. Previous criminal activity is an important factor in a negligent security claim. We can investigate to find out whether similar violent crimes have been reported to police or business management in or near the location where your assault occurred. If so, the crime should have been foreseeable and stronger measures should have been taken to protect visitors from harm.
Property owners and businesses have a legal responsibility to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition to guard against foreseeable crimes. If you have been assaulted in another property, contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible. You’ll speak with an attorney to schedule a free consultation. You may have a negligent security premises liability claim for compensation.