Common Injuries Caused by Negligent Security
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Lowell Finson with Phillips Law Group.
Negligent security refers to a type of premises liability in which one or more parties suffer an injury due to a lack of reasonably expected security. Injuries tend to occur when property owners fail to provide basic safety measures, such as adequate lighting, locks, and other forms of security. Unfortunately, negligent security injuries can be particularly traumatic, as they are often the result of violent crime. If you or a loved one have been assaulted, shot, stabbed, or otherwise suffered harm due to negligent security at a property or business, reach out to a personal injury attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
Common injuries associated with negligent security include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- Sexual assault
- Escalated theft
People with criminal intent are more likely to be drawn to areas where security is overlooked. Unfortunately, this can lead to a variety of risky scenarios that could take place anywhere from a poorly secured business environment to public transportation. Common topics of conversation regarding negligent security often refer to nightclub shootings, subway stabbings, as well as parking garage and apartment complex attacks.
If you have been the victim of negligent security, it’s important to take action.
There are a variety of steps an injured person and/or their family can take after suffering due to negligent security. First, it’s important to report the incident to law enforcement; this ensures that an official record exists to document when, where, and how the injury occurred. It is also important to seek medical care, regardless of the severity of the injury; this ensures that an official medical record exists to document the injury, and to prevent the negligent party from arguing that you couldn’t have been significantly injured if you were able to wait to seek care.
It’s also important to take pictures of any security elements (or lack thereof) which may indicate to a jury how the crime was able to be perpetrated. For example, if a broken fence, gate, or lock allowed the criminal to enter the premises, take photos of this. If the nearest security camera is unreasonably far away, take pictures that reveal this distance. If the injury occurred in an area where the lighting was dim, take pictures of the lights in the area when they are turned on and off to help illustrate the situation in which the injury occurred.
All of this information and more can be utilized by an attorney to build your case, proving that the negligent party was aware or should reasonably have been aware of the risks their negligent security presented.
If you are a property owner, property manager, or business owner, consider the following security precautions:
- Warn visitors about known risks in the area of your property
- Install visible security cameras
- Respond immediately to emergency calls
- Respond immediately to texts, emails, and any communication in which someone presents a security concern
- Fix broken locks, fences, gates, and barriers immediately
- Make sure to provide adequate lighting in every area of the property, especially at night
- Hire security guards who have undergone adequate training
- Ensure easy access to emergency exits
- Ensure easy access to up-to-date emergency equipment
- Train all staff for how to properly deal with emergency situations
- Maintain the external and internal appearance of the property
Not only can these measures be extremely effective in protecting the people passing through or staying on your premises, but it can protect you from liability in the unfortunate instance that an injury does occur. To learn more about negligent security, prevention measures, or for help filing a claim, reach out to a negligent security attorney.