Commercial property owners are responsible for the safety of their customers and guests. This includes having effective security in place for protection. If the owner of the property routinely hires security personnel, these indviduals must possess a clean background check, as well as sufficient training that enables them to do their job properly.
If property owner’s are made aware of a potential security hazard and do not properly address the issue, then they may be held accountable for accidents and injuries that result. In addition, if prior assaults or accidents have occurred in the area surrounding a commercial property, the property owner a legal obligation to make security upgrades to prevent similar issues from occuring in the future.
Places Where Negligent Security If Often an Issue
Properties where inadequate and/or negligent security is commonly a problem include:
Unsafe Conditions Which Could Lead to an Injury
Victims of assault, rape, robbery and other types of violent crimes that occur in areas where there was a reasonable expectation to be safe from harm have the right to file a private lawsuit against the responsible party. Unsafe conditions often result from:
- Lack of surveillance cameras
- Poor or missing lighting
- Broken fencing
- Known criminal activities on the premises
- Inoperable or outdated locks on doors or fences
- Lack of perimeter fencing
- Absence of security alarms
- Understaffed, poorly trained, unqualified, unsupervised or incompetent security personnel
- Excessive use of force by a security guard or an assault by a security guard
- Lack of regular security patrols.
Getting Legal Help Following an Accident Due to Negligent Security
Victims of a crime that occurs on a commercial property may be eligible for compensation related to:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
The insurance company of the person or entity at fault will often attempt to reduce their liabilities by reaching a quick settlement before the true extent of a victim’s injuries are known. Because injuries may not fully manifest for days, weeks or even months, settling quickly with an insurance company means that a majority of medical expenses might not be compensated. As such, it is important to hire a qualified personal injury attorney when you have been injured due to lack of or inadequate security.
Have You Been Injured Due to Negligent Security?
If you’ve been injured because of negligent security, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. At Schnipper Law, P.C., our Atlanta personal injury attorneys know that property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their guests. When they fail to do so, we hold them accountable.