Indiana Negligent Security Attorneys
Property owners may be liable and held accountable for their negligence when the safety of a property or establishment is inadequate and leads to serious injury or wrongful death. This often occurs when the property owner fails to follow security and safety rules and reasonably protect guests on the property.
Indiana premises owners that fail to protect citizens from reasonably foreseeable crimes often leave victims subjected to robberies, assaults, rapes, shootings, murders and other types of serious crimes. Indiana property owners, both public and private, have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe premise for customers and the public. State law obligates landowners to take steps to prevent reasonably foreseeable acts of third parties when they know – or should know – that criminal activity has occurred on the premises. If an injury occurs or a death happens as a result of negligent security, Wagner Reese law firm holds property owners responsible for those injuries and outcomes.
Negligent security claims may include:
- Assault and battery
- Criminal attacks
- Rape and sexual assault
- Murder or wrongful death
Negligent Security Incidents Can Occur Anywhere
These incidents of foreseeable criminal behavior can occur anywhere, even where a person has a reasonable expectations to feel safe. When these areas become dangerous, the result can be devastating. Innocent people get hurt, assaulted or killed. The victims who were on private commercial property may be able to file a negligent security claim against the property owner and recover damages for their injuries or a loved one’s death.
Common locations where security negligence has been found include:
- Apartment Buildings and Rental Properties
- Banks and Financial Institutions
- Bars and Nightclubs
- Concert Venues
- Hotels and Motels
- Parking Lots (Including Parking Center Elevators and Stairwells)
- Public Parks, Bike Trails and Walking Paths
- Retail Stores and Shopping Centers
Typically, a negligent security claim alleges that a property owner or business establishment failed to implement appropriate security measures which would have likely deterred a criminal from perpetrating a violent crime. Security measures include police or security car patrols, video surveillance, foot patrols, warning signs, fencing, lighting, background checks and posting of security guards. If you were hurt or your loved one was killed in a high crime location, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer to make sure that you are pursuing a fair and full recovery.
Property owners should be proactive and prepare to prevent any possible crimes that could take place on their premises. This is especially true in locations where crime is high or there is a known threat to customers, residents, or users. In those areas, owners should take extra precautions to keep Hoosiers safe.
Negligent Security Cases and Premises Liability Law
When a person is attacked or assaulted in an Indiana public area, it is important to determine whether or not that crime could have been prevented. Negligent security cases are a unique area of premises liability law. These cases ask the question of whether reasonable measures were taken to safeguard the security of all citizens. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney who is comfortable and knowledgeable deciding what actions are “reasonable,” based on the thousands of precedents relevant to the case at hand. A review of the following will be made prior to determining the next steps in a negligent security case.
- The victim was a tenant, customer, or guest that was authorized to be on the premises
- The defendant had a legal or contractual duty to keep the premises reasonably safe
- The crime would likely not have occurred if the defendant had provided adequate security
- As a result of the defendant’s negligence, they were harmed by the criminal acts of a third party
Businesses Are Obligated to Provide a Safe Environment
Businesses have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for their patrons. Assailants will often take advantage of a property’s lack of lighting, security personnel, or cameras to rob or assault unsuspecting guests. A negligent security claim will likely arise when a property owner is aware of dangers or potentially dangerous event and the owner does not act promptly or proactively to protect their guests.
Examples of Inadequate Security Commonly Reported:
- Failure to fix broken locks, doors, windows, gates, or fencing barriers
- Failure to install or maintain adequate lighting in entryways, hallways, staircases, parking lots, or exit areas
- Failure to provide appropriately trained security guards or lack of personnel
- Failure to install or repair surveillance cameras on the property
- Failure to increase security measures after repeated crime
- Failure to warn customers and guests about foreseeable dangers such as community alerts, security warnings, alerts, or threats
Representing Your Rights and Seeking Fair Recovery of Damages
Compensation can be recovered for negligent security and premises liability claims. It is important to protect a victim’s recovery by helping them recover for past, current, and any future damages such as:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Income and Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Diminished Enjoyment of Life
Each individual’s case is unique and there may be other damages involved in creating a claim. A one-on-one consultation with an experienced attorney will help provide the needed resources to resolve a case quickly.
Skilled Indianapolis Lawyers Representing Negligent Security Victims
If you were injured on a commercial property by a foreseeable crime, contact attorneys Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese to find out more about your rights.
The attorneys at Wagner Reese bring justice to wrongfully injured victims of negligent security. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today at 888-710-9377. The call is free and we do not get paid any fees or costs unless we recover for you.