Buffalo Negligent Security Lawyer
Understanding Your Right to Compensation
As part of their responsibility to provide reasonable safe spaces, free of foreseeable harm for guests, visitors, customers, employees, and others who lawfully enter their premises, property owners should ensure that their premises have adequate security. This could mean installing security cameras, floodlights, or even stationing one or several security guards on the property. Property owners should ensure adequate security when there is a foreseeable threat of harm, such as a history of crime or assaults in the area. When they fail to do so, and people are assaulted or otherwise injured as a result, property owners can be held legally liable.
Pursuing a personal injury claim involving negligent security is no easy task. In fact, these tend to be extremely complex claims. It’s important that you speak to an experienced and skilled attorney about the specifics of your situation in order to determine whether you have grounds for a claim, as well as the best course of action.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our premises liability lawyers have a proven record of success in even the most complex of cases. We have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and we know how to thoroughly investigate your claim and work to secure the maximum recovery you are entitled to receive. We are ready to answer your questions and assist you throughout each stage of the legal process.
Proving a Property Owner Was Negligent
In order to bring a negligent security case and successfully secure compensation, you will need to, first, demonstrate that the property owner owed you a duty of care. Typically, this can be proved by showing that you were legally on the property (in other words, that you weren’t trespassing) when the incident that caused your injuries occurred.
You will also need to show that the property owner failed to uphold that duty of care. This can be demonstrated by proving that the property owner knew—or should have known—that there was a reasonable threat to your safety yet did nothing to address, rectify, or resolve this. For example, if you were assaulted in a dark parking lot of a shopping mall in a high-crime area, you could argue that the owner of the shopping mall should have known that such an incident could occur and that they were negligent by not installing security lighting or hiring security guards to patrol the parking lot.
Lastly, as in any premises liability or personal injury claim, you will need to prove causation, meaning you will need to show that the property owner’s failure to uphold the duty of care was the proximate cause of your injuries and that you wouldn’t have been injured if not for the breach of the duty of care. You will also need to show that you suffered losses, whether they are economic, non-economic, or both, in order to bring a claim.
Common Negligent Security Claims
There is a variety of situations and incidents that can lead to negligent security claims.
Common examples of negligent security claims include those that involve:
- Failure to hire security personnel
- Negligent security personnel
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of security cameras
- Inadequate surveillance
- Physical or sexual assault on commercial properties
Negligent security can contribute to serious harm, leaving victims of assaults and other incidents reeling from the aftermath. Whether you were injured due to negligent security at a place of business, at work, in a hotel or at a resort, in an elevator, or at a park or sports stadium, you deserve a chance at attaining justice and a fair recovery.
Seeking Compensation for All of Your Damages
Negligent security cases often involve extremely traumatic events, such as assault. These incidents can lead to devastating injuries, immense emotional harm, and a lifetime of recovery. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo negligent security lawyers are prepared to help you seek compensation for all of your current and future damages.
We may be able to help you recover compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost future earnings
- Future medical care
- Property damage
Additionally, if your loved one was killed or died due to injuries resulting from negligent security, our firm can help you determine if you have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While nothing can undo the extreme anguish of losing a loved one, a successful wrongful death claim can allow you a sense of justice and the ability to handle unexpected financial burdens.
The first step in your recovery is reaching out to our team for a free, confidential consultation. Call (716) 300-5885 or submit an online contact form today.
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If I was assaulted, what is the purpose of suing the property owner instead of the person who committed the crime?
While property owners are not criminally responsible for crimes committed on their properties, they can be held liable for a victim’s economic and non-economic damages if they were negligent in providing adequate security that could have prevented the crime. In fact, property owners have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm. By taking action against the property owner, you can not only seek financial compensation for the many losses you have endured as a result of the property owner’s negligence, but you can also help ensure that similar acts do not occur again in the future.
Can I sue a security company for negligent security?
The short answer is yes; the long answer is yes, but this can be very complicated. Security companies are generally independent contractors and, therefore, do not owe the same duty of care as property owners. In fact, when a negligence claim is filed, security companies and property owners often become embroiled in disputes over who is liable. That being said, the security company may be liable in certain circumstances, such as when there was a security guard present who failed to do his or her job or when the security guard was the one who caused or escalated the violence.
How long do I have to file a negligent security claim in New York?
As in other personal injury matters in New York State, you have three years from the date of the incident/injury to file your claim. There are very few exceptions to this; we encourage you to reach out to our attorneys right away to learn more about filing your claim.
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