When negligent or inadequate security results in an injury or wrongful death, you may have a premises liability claim. Premises liability holds property owners legally responsible for accidents that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions.
Negligent Security Conditions
It is the responsibility of the business owner and manager to not only maintain the physical property — the lighting, walkways, stairs and more — but also to ensure visitors to the property are reasonably safe from being victimized while on the property.
Negligent security occurs when the property owner has not taken the steps necessary to ensure a reasonable degree of protection from reasonably foreseeable and preventable criminal activity.
Examples of inadequate security include:
- Failure of the property owner, such as an apartment building owner, to provide and maintain adequate locks, security gates, security cameras or lighting necessary for the safety of residents
- Failure to complete background checks on employees, creating an environment susceptible to criminal activity
- Negligent staffing when the property owner hires individuals underqualified for security roles
- Inadequate parking lot surveillance or inadequate ATM security
- Inadequate protection for visitors or residents in a stairway, lobby or elevators
- Failure to respond to requests for security or an increase in security
Security failures can occur anywhere:
- Parking ramps and lots
- Apartment complexes
- Office buildings
- Bars and taverns
- College campuses
- Entertainment venues such as sports stadiums and amusement parks
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
When you need a strong premises liability legal team
Negligent security premises liability claims hinge on “foreseeable and preventable” criminal acts of third parties. This is somewhat of a vague standard; however, you can trust the experienced premises liability lawyers at Nash & Franciskato to thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case, which may include:
- Quality of security precautions taken at the site, such as what plans and measures were in place, whether these were properly designed and if they were competently managed
- Qualifications, training and experience of the security firm and/or personnel
- Quality of the equipment used
- Gathering tapes from surveillance cameras and 911 calls
- Determining the crime rate of the location
We enlist expert testimony when needed to help establish whether the criminal conduct was foreseeable and preventable, helping you obtain compensation for things such as medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental suffering and any physical impairment.
- $475,000 Settlement Against Restaurant for Dangerous Stairs
- $250,000 Settlement Against Restaurant for Slip and Fall Accident
Receive a Free Evaluation from Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys
While cases involving inadequate or negligent security can be difficult to prove, the experienced Kansas City premises liability attorneys at Nash & Franciskato know what to look for and how to prove unsafe conditions. Contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.