Archive for the ‘Negligent Security’ Category

How Can I Prove There Was a Failure to Anticipate Criminal Activity During My Negligent Security Claim?

Monday, November 21st, 2022

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.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Negligent Security Claim?

Monday, October 10th, 2022

At MLG Injury, our Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida personal injury attorneys know multiple factors must be true to pursue a negligent security claim anywhere in the U.S. However, the time injury victims have to pursue a claim differs from state to state.

The legal standard, in most negligent security cases, requires the injured person to prove they were on the premises legally, the location lacked proper security measures, the property owner should have been able to reasonably foresee the criminal or otherwise injurious activity that occurred, and the individual — or group of individuals — suffered harm from the property owner, operator, or event coordinator’s negligence.

Partnering with the experienced negligent security attorneys at MLG Injury can help strengthen your case. However, you must do so within the statute of limitations outlined by your state’s unique civil litigation laws.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Negligent Security Claim in Florida?

In Florida, injury victims have four years from the date of injury to bring a negligent security claim against a property owner, operator, or event coordinator.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Negligent Security Claim in California?

In California, injury victims have two years from the date of injury to bring a negligent security claim against a property owner, operator, or event coordinator.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Negligent Security Claim in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a negligent security claim is much shorter than in most states and is one year from the date the injury occurred.

Louisiana also has extremely strict rules and regulations when it comes to taking legal action involving a violent crime or other common negligent security cases, which is why it is important to speak with our experienced personal injury attorneys in Louisiana as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

Not only is time of the essence in pursuing a successful claim but speaking with our skilled negligent security attorneys right away will allow our legal team to begin preserving crucial evidence and investigating the circumstances that caused your harm — before the property owner or management company can remove or destroy important proof or repair their lacking security measures.

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.

Can You Sue Your Security Company for Inadequate Protection?

Monday, September 12th, 2022

At MLG Injury, our Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida negligent security attorneys know that personal and business security provide order, safety, and peace of mind — most of the time.

Unfortunately, it is often difficult to identify any potential problems with your security provider until it is too late.

The question becomes, when the security you have hired, or pay for as part of your ongoing protection, fails to protect you, your business, or guests at an event from harm, can you hold them liable for the damages?

The short answer is, yes. However, it depends on which legal standard was breached.

Here is what our clients need to know about their legal rights and options.

When Is a Security Company Liable for Acting Negligently?

There are multiple ways security companies can breach the safety standards they are expected to provide.

Common violations may include:

  • Poor Hiring Practices

When individuals or businesses hire security providers, it is with the full intent of ensuring everyone they are there to protect remains safe.

When security companies fail to run criminal background checks or thoroughly review their security personnel’s job history and personal information, they may be held liable for damages that occur while the individual is under their employ.

  • Inadequate Employee Training

Partnering with a security company should provide the peace of mind individuals and businesses need to enjoy an event or their place of employment knowing security personnel can handle any issues that arise.

When security companies hire individuals who may not be trained in certain aspects required to fulfill their duties, it is their express responsibility to train that person or group of people until they are.

Security companies are also responsible for providing employees with frequent retraining to ensure their staff is up to the evolving challenges of any security assignment.

  • Insufficient Employee Supervision

Employers are responsible for the actions of their employees while they are at work. That means they must provide the proper supervision to ensure they are accurately performing their duties. This could mean routine check-ins where they are working or reviewing their performance with clients after an event.

  • Security Personnel Inaction

Most events, buildings, or other operations that require security personnel are supported by trained, supervised, and trustworthy individuals who know how to accurately do their jobs.

However, there may be times when security personnel fail to act against criminal offenders and take no action to intervene. When this happens, the people and the space they are paid to protect can get hurt, or killed.

Contact Our Skilled Negligent Security Attorneys in Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi

When any of these above instances leads to injuries or the loss of life that could have been prevented by security personnel taking any reasonable action, you may have a strong claim against the security company.

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 understand your legal rights and options to pursue a claim against the liable person, party, or entity that was responsible for your hired security needs. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Florida for more legal help regarding negligent security.

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Five Security Questions to Ask When Searching for a New Apartment or Condo

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

At MLG Injury, our negligent security attorneys in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi believe everyone deserves to feel safe at home. Unfortunately, when our clients live in multi-family housing, like apartments or condominiums, their safety can be jeopardized when the property is not secure.

Before deciding on a location to call home, there are multiple questions you can ask the leasing agent before signing an agreement that will keep you there for the duration of the lease.

Help Protect Your Property, Health & Safety Before You Move In

No matter the rent rate, all residents should have reasonable expectations for the security their apartment or condo complex provides.

To ensure your expectations are met, or exceeded, consider asking the leasing agent:

  • Do all living spaces have deadbolts, locking windows, and locking sliding doors?
  • Does the complex have full lighting of the buildings, stairwells, hallways, and grounds?
  • Is there controlled access that locks automatically behind authorized entrants?
  • Are there digital security cameras monitoring complex entrances, stairs, parking areas, common areas, or hallways?
  • Does the complex hire qualified security personnel to patrol and monitor the premises?

It is also worth it to ask the leasing agent about the crime rate in the area, and if any violent crimes have occurred on the premises. If he or she does not know the answer or is not comfortable stating people have been victimized on their watch, ask the local police for a safety report or any crime statistics on the area by calling a non-emergency number.

It is always better to be safe than become a victim of theft, a robbery, sex crime, or another violent crime anywhere — especially in the place you call home.

Contact Our Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana Negligent Security Attorneys for a Free Consultation Today

If your physical safety has been impacted by criminal activity in an apartment or condo complex, contact our skilled negligent security attorneys in Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the property owner or management company liable for your full financial recovery.

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When are Resorts and Hotels Liable for Negligent Security?

Monday, July 25th, 2022

At MLG Injury, our Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi negligent security attorneys know that hotels and resorts cannot invite guests to stay on their premises without taking the necessary security measures to keep them safe.

Before safety measures can be put in place, the facility must understand any current dangers that could harm their guests and take all the steps necessary to mitigate any future harm.

Common ways hotels and resorts ensure their guests are safe are providing parking in safe, well-lit locations, installing security cameras, guaranteeing emergency assistance, and training their staff on emergency procedures.

When they fail in any of these aspects, or countless others and someone gets hurt, the hotel or resort may be liable for the injured party’s damages.

How Can I Prove a Hotel or Resort Did Not Provide Adequate Security?

The very first element to prove a Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi resort or hotel did not provide adequate security is establishing the facility owed you a legal duty of care.

If you were lawfully present on the premises — as an employee, vendor, visitor, or guest — the hotel owner or operator must take measures to keep the property reasonably safe for your use.

If the hotel has experienced an uptick in criminal activity, they must provide reasonable security to keep guests safe as they enter and leave the facility and surrounding property, including parking areas.

The second element is proving the hotel or resort breached its duty.

If the hotel did not provide adequate security for the circumstances, and you were assaulted or robbed as a result, it breached its duty toward you. Breach of a legal duty is negligence.

Next, we must prove that the breach of duty caused you harm. That means you were harmed during circumstances that could have been prevented. This could include everything from a lack of security personnel to failing to fix a broken lock on your hotel room door.

Finally, we must prove that adequate security would have prevented the incident that caused your harm.

When our skilled negligent security attorneys in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi can prove these four elements, the hotel or resort may be liable for your complete damages.

Contact Our Experienced Negligent Security Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Contact our experienced Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida personal injury attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the hotel or resort liable for the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional injuries.

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