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Negligent Security Lawyers

When Poor Security Enables Criminal Violence

At Shane Smith Law, we champion the cause of people who have been wrongfully injured due to negligent security. When property managers fail to implement the necessary safety measures, leaving you vulnerable to criminal violence, we step in to demand justice. Our dedicated team takes pride in representing you, turning a terrible situation into a powerful claim or lawsuit to help you find closure. With our vast practice experience and tenacious legal team, we fight to hold accountable those who failed to prioritize your safety. Your security was compromised; now, it's our mission to help you reclaim your peace of mind.

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What is Negligent Security?

Negligent security refers to a situation where a property owner or manager fails to provide adequate security measures, resulting in harm to a guest, patron, visitor, or another individual due to criminal activity. If a person is injured or suffers losses due to a crime that could have been prevented by proper security measures, in many situations, the property owner can be held liable for those damages through premises liability laws, which will vary slightly from state to state. The underlying concept is that property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for people who are lawfully on their premises.

Negligent security can involve issues like:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Lack of security personnel
  • Poor security camera placement
  • Missing locks on exterior entrances

What Properties Should Have Security Measures?

Various types of properties need to take measures to secure their premises from potential criminal offenders. Residential properties such as apartment buildings or housing complexes should take steps to make sure only welcomed tenants and their guests can easily enter the property. Commercial properties that might attract criminals or that are in high-crime areas should also use ample security measures, such as 24/7 convenience stores or casinos. 

The level of security measures required can vary depending on the nature of the property. For example, a bank should use strong security measures like alarm systems, security personnel, and surveillance cameras. On the other hand, a small business in a low-crime neighborhood might only require adequate lighting and secure locks to deter criminal activity.

Places with a high footfall, such as shopping malls or stadiums, need to ensure crowd control and emergency response systems are in place, alongside regular security measures. Schools and hospitals are responsible for a vulnerable population and thus require a different set of security considerations such as visitor management systems and emergency lockdown procedures.

Injuries in Negligent Security Claims

Negligent security situations can lead to a wide range of injuries, many of which can be severe and life-altering. At Shane Smith Law, we work closely with medical experts to gain a comprehensive understanding of our clients' injuries. This allows us to accurately represent the true extent of their suffering and loss, including how it will affect them in the future.

Injuries that can come up in a negligent security claim are:

  • Physical injuries like cuts, broken bones, etc.
  • Sexual injuries in cases involving sexual assault.
  • Emotional trauma caused by the frightful nature of a crime.

Damages in Negligent Security Claims

At Shane Smith Law, we understand the enormous impact that injuries from negligent security can have on your life and livelihood. Our dedicated team of attorneys will work tirelessly to fight for the compensation you are owed. We are skilled in negotiating settlements and, when necessary, we are prepared to go to trial to fight for a just financial award. We believe that no one should have to bear the financial burden of an injury that resulted from someone else's negligence.

Four important types of damages we aim to recover in a successful negligent security claim are:

  1. Medical costs: These include all expenses related to medical care required due to the injury, such as hospital bills, medication costs, physical therapy, and future medical expenses if ongoing treatment is needed.
  2. Lost wages: If the injury caused you to miss work or reduced your ability to earn, you could be compensated for these lost wages. This also includes loss of future earning capacity if the injury leads to long-term disability.
  3. Emotional trauma: Victims of crimes often suffer significant emotional distress. Compensation for emotional trauma aims to acknowledge this non-physical damage, which can include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
  4. Pain and suffering: This refers to the physical pain and discomfort caused by the injury, as well as the mental anguish associated with serious injuries. The amount awarded for pain and suffering varies and is generally based on the severity of the injury and its impact on the victim's life.

Prepare Your Case with Our Help – Call Now

In the face of negligent security incidents, our mission at our law firm is clear: to fight relentlessly for the justice and compensation our clients deserve. We understand that these damages encompass not just medical costs and lost wages, but also the emotional trauma, pain, and suffering you've had to endure. You are not alone on this journey. Our dedicated team of experienced negligent security attorneys is ready to guide you every step of the way, offering trusted legal counsel and unwavering support.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Dial (980) 246-2656.