Every tenant has the right to feel dutifully protected when they come home to their building. And every shopper has the right to feel safe in stores. Unfortunately, every year there are countless on-premises accidents and attacks that could have been avoided had more security been on hand.
Landlords, property owners, and store proprietors all have obligations to keep their residents, visitors and customers safe. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident or crime that could have been prevented with appropriate security, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages, as well as for your pain and suffering. Let the inadequate security attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC get you the justice you deserve.
Contact the New York City negligent security attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to schedule your free consultation. Call (516) 399-2364 or fill out our online contact form to get started.
Underlying Causes of Negligent Security Accidents
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we’ve dealt with a wide array of scenarios. We know that you deserve to be protected, and we can help advocate your claim in court if you’ve been hurt in any of the following ways:
- Inadequate lighting or alarm systems enabled intrusion
- Security cameras malfunctioned
- Inadequate locks led to intrusion
- Insufficient bouncers led to a bar fight / attack
- Insufficient security guards led to an injury in a commercial space
- Inexperienced or incompetent security guards failed to properly assess and prevent risk
- Inadequate perimeter fencing led to a break-in.
You can see from the list above that landlords and property owners can fail others in many ways. If you believe that your injuries stem from negligent security, you should explore your legal options. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
What is a Negligent Security Claim?
Negligent security claims are a type of premises liability claim. That means that the property owner or supervisor or any other party that is legally responsible for the safety and security of a piece of property can be held accountable for the costs of injuries one suffers on the premises.
Negligent or inadequate security claims deal with situations in which someone is injured because the security systems set in place don’t do their job. If a camera is broken or a security guard doesn’t protect the safety of people on a property, the person responsible for the negligence can be held accountable for the costs an injured person faces.
Why File a Negligent Security Claim?
Through a negligent security claim, you will be getting compensation for the costs you face and holding a negligent party accountable for their actions (or inactions), which could prevent similar injuries from happening to other people on that property. These claims are about fairness and accountability.
The most pressing need of someone filing a negligent security claim is getting the compensation to cover the many costs they have encountered. These costs are referred to as damages, and they include…
- Medical expenses – This includes all types of medical bills, such as hospitalization, ambulatory care, prescription medications, tests, treatments and physical therapy.
- Lost income – This includes income lost due to time missed at work and any income you will not generate in the future because of your diminished work capacity.
- Physical and emotional suffering – The suffering you’ve experienced in a negligent security-related accident is likely both physical and emotional. You might be traumatized and in a great deal of pain. Your suffering should be considered when determining the amount of payment you are owed.
Every case is different, so it’s important to know that you might be facing expenses that aren’t addressed by the above categories. Regardless of the expenses you are facing, you deserve payment for the costs you have encountered.
Put the NYC negligent security attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to work on your case. We know how to get results for our clients. Call us today at (516) 399-2364 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
If You’ve Been Assaulted, Who is Responsible?
Negligent security claims often occur in the wake of a violent attack. When someone is assaulted on a business’s property, it is worth reviewing the situation to determine what could have been done to stop a violent attack. The most obvious culprit of an assault is the person who willfully harmed the victim. Clearly, that assaulter should be held accountable for their actions. But does liability end there?
Negligent security claims are typically based on the idea that liability does not end with the person who committed the violence toward the victim. Legally, people that own and oversee property have a responsibility to make sure their premises are safe. If a walkway is slick or stairs are broken, for example, then those dangerous conditions should be fixed by the owner. When owners fail to do this, they can be held accountable for the costs of those injuries.
When the injuries someone suffers stem from a violent attack, then the lack of proper security is viewed through the same lens as a broken step or slick walkway. The property owners are ultimately responsible for the harm suffered by people on that property, and that includes situations in which someone is assaulted.
Bar Fights and Negligent Security
One of the best examples of negligent security is also a common basis of these claims: bar fights. When we say bar fights, we mean a situation in which one person is assaulted by another patron at a bar or restaurant. When a person is visiting a business where drinks are served, they shouldn’t be worried about being attacked by another customer. If they are assaulted by someone else, they are well within their legal rights to ask why a security guard or other employee of the restaurant or bar didn’t intervene to protect them.
If someone is attacked in a drinking establishment, they can file a negligent security claim against that business. The assaulter bears responsibility, too, and can be named in a legal claim for compensation, but the bar’s owner can also be held responsible for any injuries their patron suffered.
Inadequate Security in Parking Garage and Parking Lot Assault Cases
Another common example of negligent security claims involves attacks in parking lots or other parking structures. Parking lots are a common setting of robberies and violent attacks. They are often poorly lit and not heavily trafficked at a given moment. If someone is walking to their vehicle and suffers injuries in a violent attack, it is clear that security measures taken by the property’s owner were inadequate.
Again, the person who committed the assault is responsible, but the owner of the property and the party in charge of security did not do their job. The victim of any assault on that property has the right to pursue damages in a premises liability claim.
Possible Locations of Negligent Security Incidents
There is a nearly endless list of places that might be the location of an inadequate security incident. While we’ve discussed a couple of examples, these incidents can occur anywhere, including…
- Shopping malls
- Restaurants or bars
- Parking lots or parking garages
- Retail stores
- Apartment buildings
- Movie theaters
- Nursing homes.
The owners of these properties or any other public spaces have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their premises. If someone is injured or violently attacked on their property, it is often because of inadequate security measures.
If you’ve been injured because a property owner did not do their part to keep you safe, you have the right to pursue compensation for the medical bills, lost income, suffering and other costs you have encountered. We encourage you to contact the New York City negligent security attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to learn more about your right to seek payment.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC
The New York City inadequate security attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have years of experience standing up for injured New Yorkers. If you think your injury was the result of inadequate security, contact us and we will evaluate your claim. Our consultations are always free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, they may be legally liable to cover your expenses. By filing a premises liability claim, you can ensure that you aren’t financially ruined by a serious injury and that the responsible parties will be held accountable for their role in your injuries.
We want to make sure you get the payment you are entitled to, but we also want to get you the care you need. Our team offers much more than a run-of-the-mill law firm. We meet our clients on their terms. If you can’t make it to one of our office locations, we will gladly come to you.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we waive all fees if we can’t secure the compensation you deserve. In other words, if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing. Contact us today by calling (516) 399-2364 or filling out our online contact form.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]