How Can I Prove There Was a Failure to Anticipate Criminal Activity During My Negligent Security Claim?
At MLG Injury, our personal injury attorneys in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi know that when our clients are injured or lose a loved one because of inadequate or negligent security, it is often the result of the property owner failing to take adequate measures to prevent foreseeable crimes.
The foreseeability of an injury or that an injury “may be reasonably anticipated” is crucial in proving a claim for inadequate security. Here is why that is true, and how our skilled personal injury lawyers help prove this important factor to reach successful outcomes for our clients.
How Can I Prove a Property Owner Failed to Take Adequate Security Measures to Prevent Foreseeable Crimes?
When pursuing property owners or operators for inadequate security, we must show that the liable party failed to exercise reasonable care or failed to provide adequate warnings to prevent visitors from sustaining injuries.
Failing to provide adequate security can lead to sexual assaults, robberies, murders, and other violent crimes.
When a violent crime occurs in a parking lot, on a college campus, or during an event, and the property owner knew or should have known that the crime might happen and did nothing — or not enough — to correct the problem, our clients may have a valid personal injury claim.
To help prove the property owner or operator could have reasonably foreseen the crime occurring, our skilled Florida negligent security attorneys may:
- Request public documents that show criminal activity in the area.
- Speak with the responding officers, who may have knowledge about the property, its dangers, and previous calls to the location/area.
- Review recent criminal cases, speaking with the local prosecutor’s office about ongoing criminal activity at the location or in the area.
It is important to understand that if the crime was foreseeable, and the property owner or operator did not provide an effective remedy to keep another criminal act from occurring, our clients may have a legitimate personal injury claim.
What is Considered Appropriate Security Measures to Help Avoid Future Criminal Activity?
Implementing appropriate security measures is paramount in protecting the safety of visitors on commercial property. Simply put, if a person was robbed and physically injured in a dark parking lot, and the business owner was made aware of the incident — or multiple incidents — and failed to ensure the premises were properly lit going forward, the next person who is injured may show the previous instances and lack of remedies directly led to his or her attack.
Other common forms of negligent security include, but are not limited to:
- Broken Locks on Doors, Gates, and Fences.
- Inadequate Lighting in Entryways, Hallways, and Staircases.
- Failure to Provide Any or Enough Physical Security Presence.
- Lack of Alarm Systems.
- Malfunctioning Surveillance Cameras.
- Poorly Trained Security Guards.
- Security Guard Misconduct.
If you have been injured during a criminal act on commercial property, contact our skilled Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana negligent security attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn how we can help you pursue the negligent party that caused your injuries, so you can make informed decisions about your case, and get your life back on track.