Houston Negligent Security Lawyers
A negligent security lawyer helps clients that have been injured on someone else’s property, typically that of a business. In these types of cases, a business owner either provided no security at all or the existing security personnel failed to do their job.
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WHOSE FAULT IS YOUR INJURY? If you were attacked and are considering legal action to get compensation you need, you might be wondering how a negligent security claim is relevant to your situation. After all, isn’t the person who attacked you solely responsible for the incident? Though the attacker does bear responsibility for their actions, the concept of negligent security is that the person who runs the business or owns the property where an attack occurred should also be held accountable for injuries suffered by people on that property.
WHAT IS NEGLIGENT SECURITY?
Negligent security is a category of premises liability. If you are a patron of a business, an invited guest or visitor to a property, or a tenant of a property, the property owner has an obligation to ensure your safety. If you are injured because of criminal activity at a property and it can be proven that the property owner knew about the danger but didn’t have adequate security measures in place, you may have a negligent security claim.
Here is a hypothetical, yet all too realistic, example of a possible negligent security incident:
You are walking through a mall parking lot when you are suddenly and violently shoved to the ground and your shopping bags stolen. You watch helplessly as your attacker sprints away with your bags. Your wrist is throbbing painfully and you are pretty sure it is broken. There is no parking patrol, security guard, or security camera in sight. Later, as you are recuperating from your injury, you learn that several other people have been attacked in the same area of the parking lot in recent weeks and it appears that nothing is being done about it. You may have a viable civil claim against the mall or parking lot owner for negligent security.
This is just one scenario that may fall under the category of negligent security. While property owners can’t be held liable for every crime or accidental injury that happens on their property, they can be made to pay if it is established that they didn’t exercise “reasonable care,” meaning they did not have reasonable security in place to protect visitors from harm. Businesses are obligated to ensure the safety of their patrons. When they don’t adhere to this obligation and someone is injured, businesses may be held liable if negligence can be proven.
If you believe you have suffered injuries as a result of a property owner’s negligent security, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney who is experienced in the complexities surrounding negligent security cases can help you discover whether you have a viable claim. Our Houston negligent security attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of negligent security law.
WHY FILE A NEGLIGENT SECURITY CLAIM?
People might file a negligent security claim for many reasons, but the two most common are compensation and accountability. First, if you’ve been attacked on a business’s property, you’re likely facing a great deal of emotional distress and physical pain. You’ve probably needed medical treatment and maybe missed time at work. For you, the experience was costly and painful.
A negligent security lawsuit gives you the chance to get payment for:
- Medical expenses (hospitalization, ambulatory care, ongoing care, medications, etc.)
- Lost income from time missed at work or diminished work capacity
- Emotional distress (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.)
- Any other costs you are facing.
The second reason that someone might file this type of claim is accountability. You were attacked, and it’s only fair that someone be held responsible for your suffering. Clearly, the person who attacked you should be held accountable, but the business that did nothing to help you should also pay for the costs of your injuries.
By filing a lawsuit against a negligent business, you might also be decreasing the chances that a similar incident will happen to someone else in the future. No one wants to be a victim of assault. By filing a claim against a business, you are taking control over your situation and demanding compensation that you are legally entitled to.
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PLACES THAT NEED SECURITY MEASURES
When security is negligent in public spaces, injuries and even death can occur. If a business or other property owner knows that they are in a high crime area and don’t do enough to protect their visitors, they may be held liable should someone be seriously injured. Even places that are not in high crime areas should expect some criminal activity if they are a retail store, cater to large crowds, or are a public space. Visitors to the following kinds of establishments should expect adequate security measures to be taken:
- Shopping malls
- Retail stores
- Schools & dormitories
- Hotels & motels
- Condominium & apartment complexes
- Restaurants & bars
- Movie theaters
- Stadiums & sports arenas
- Gas stations
- Banks & credit unions
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Hospitals & nursing homes
- Other public places.
TYPES OF SECURITY MEASURES
When measures are not put in place to ensure personal safety, attacks such as robberies, muggings, rapes, and other violent crimes are more likely to occur.
There are a variety of security measures that businesses and other property owners should have in place. Here are some examples for different types of properties and the proper security measures needed:
- Security guards at malls, concert venues, hospitals, and other large properties
- Parking lot security patrols in public parking lots
- Working locks on doors and windows at apartment complexes
- Security cameras at gas stations and retail settings
- Badges for visitors to schools and background checks on school employees.
If these kinds of measures are not in place and you are the victim of a crime, you may have a case. However, it is up to you to prove that you were directly injured because the property owner did not take reasonable care to protect you. This is where an experienced attorney can help.
Also, it is important to note that negligent security cases don’t always involve injuries caused by criminal activity. For example, if an accidental injury or death happens in a public swimming pool that doesn’t have trained lifeguards on duty, this may also be cause for a negligent security claim. Again, a knowledgeable attorney can review the details of your case and advise you.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CASE IS A NEGLIGENT SECURITY CASE?
Negligent security cases often – though not always – involve an attack on the patron of a business. If you’ve been assaulted while at a bar, shopping mall, parking lot, or any other business location, you should be open to filing a negligent security claim to cover the costs you may face due to your injuries.
You might not be sure whether your case should be classified as a negligent security issue, which is why it’s best to talk to an experienced attorney who can walk you through your options. If you’ve been hurt by someone else, you don’t need to be a legal expert to explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit. You’ve been through a great deal of trauma, and this is a critical time during which your health and mental well-being should be your primary focus.
Let Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law help you determine the best path toward compensation. We will meet with you and your loved ones to hear more about the circumstances surrounding your injury. After giving you our initial assessment, you can choose to move forward with a claim or to drop the matter entirely. You are under no obligation after a free consultation with our team.
Our Houston negligent security attorneys are here to make sure our clients are treated fairly. We want to make sure they get the care, treatment, and compensation they are entitled to. We have been helping injured Texans for more than three decades. Put us to work on your case.
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If you believe negligent security led to your injuries or to the injuries or death of a loved one, we can help. Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer and a former judge in Texas. We know the law, and we stand up for the rights of our clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries that you believe stem from negligent security, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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