For almost all personal injury claims, you will need to prove your injury was caused by some form of negligence. Negligent security can lead to serious injury even if the injury is not caused by the person in charge of security.
All places where crowds of people can gather need to have adequate security measures in place so that they can feel safe on the premises. If you suffered an injury that could have been prevented with proper security measures, the owner of the premises or head of security could be held liable for your injuries.
We will discuss what negligent security means exactly in this article and provide some examples of it. Also, we will go over what constitutes adequate security and what you need to prove to establish a personal injury claim.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security will almost always fall under premises liability laws. It can happen on a commercial or residential premises and the owner of the property is usually held liable if security was found negligent in preventing an injury. Some of the places where negligent security incidents can occur are:
- Grocery stores
- Parking lots or garages
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Government buildings
- Amusement parks
- Sporting events
- Universities or schools
- Concert venues
Of course, there are many more places where injuries can result because of negligent security but these are among the most common ones. For some of these places, security guards are in place, but it is possible for other types of security measures to be used for certain establishments.
What Constitutes Negligent Security?
Owners can take a number of different measurements to install adequate security. Neglecting to make sure these measurements are maintained or monitored properly is part of what constitutes negligent security. Some examples of negligent security can include:
Dim lighting can result in bumps with objects that are difficult to see and can sometimes encourage criminal behavior on the premises. Not all establishments are required to be brightly lit, but changing light bulbs and ensuring people can see their surroundings are necessary for adequate security.
- Insufficient Security Systems
Security systems such as cameras, alarms, or locking mechanisms on doors are required by most establishments to have. Maintaining these security systems and making sure they are sufficiently monitored so they can function is also required by law.
Different levels of security are required for different establishments, so it is important to know what the minimum required security systems are needed on certain properties when building a case for negligent security.
For places like bars, concert venues, and nightclubs, security guards may be required to have on the premises during certain hours. Not having any security guards or hiring untrained ones can result in an injury and be a strong start for a negligent security claim.
What Is Considered Adequate Security?
Briefly mentioned above, adequate security will depend on state laws and the type of establishment. Places that are open to the general public will usually not need very strict security measures, for example, most grocery stores only have a camera system and security alarms and this is sufficient for security in this case.
On the other hand, night clubs will almost always have to have multiple security guards on staff during nighttime hours. This more stringent level of adequate security is mostly because these places serve alcohol and are open into the later hours of the night. Criminal activity is much more likely when it is late in the night and alcohol is involved.
Also, if there have been crimes on the premises, it is up to the owner of the property to speak with a lawyer about potentially having to install greater security measures. Neglecting to address criminal activity that is happening on your property can also be grounds for a negligent security injury claim if someone is injured because of this criminal activity.
What Needs To Be Proven For Negligent Security?
An injury due to negligent security will almost always result in a premises liability claim where the victim will have to prove that the property owner failed to acknowledge that there were insufficient security measures in place that they knew about.
The victim will also have to show that the injury they suffered was directly caused by the fact that there was negligent security at the time of injury. Also, plaintiffs in these cases will have to have been on the property legally, otherwise they will be considered a trespasser and be ineligible for compensation for their injuries.
One of the main issues in cases of negligent security is foreseeability. For the most part, courts will determine whether there needed to be security measures in place in that area based on prior incidents that had happened in that area before.
For example, if there has been multiple incidents of criminal activity in one place but there were still no security measures taken to make that place more safe, this could help prove that the owner was negligent in providing proper security.
Also, the frequency of times law enforcement had to be called to an establishment will come into play in these claims. If law enforcement had to investigate the premises many times before, some extra security measures should have been taken and your injuries could be compensated for by the owner of the premises.
Contact Trusted Lawyers for Security Injuries
Injuries due to negligent security can turn severe quickly and can even become life-threatening. The expenses for these kinds of injuries can pile up to large amounts but you do not need to handle all of these damages alone.
Legal organizations like Law Leaders can help you build a strong case for personal injury if you feel your injury was a result of negligent security. Law Leaders has helped Americans of all kinds win their personal injury claim cases and their team of committed lawyers can help you win the compensation you deserve.
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