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NEGLIGENT SECURITY

When a property owner or manager does not provide adequate security, and you are injured as a result of that negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a negligent security claim under premises liability law.

When a negligent security case is proven, the victim has  entitlement to monetary compensation through a negligent security claim under premises liability law. Generally, business proprietors are not liable for crime occurring on their property. However, if there has been a pattern of crime on the business property, or if the nature of the business makes it peculiarly susceptible to criminal activity, the law imposes upon the business owner or property owner a duty to implement reasonable security measures designed to prevent or deter future crimes. A breach of this duty is called negligence to protect.

Conditions for poor security and repercussions:

Poor training of security guards, poor hiring practices for security positions, failure to do background checks on personnel. Failure to act when a known criminal is on or near the property, or when there has been an increase in violent crime in the area, security at the property's perimeters, inadequate security for amount of property failure to provide new locks or security code when needed,  poor key or security code control, inadequate or malfunctioning security equipment, such as self-locking gates or security cameras Insufficient lighting 



Common places of negligent security:

Retailers, malls and other shopping centers, restaurants, bars, sports and concert arenas and amusement parks,   are some of the most common properties involved in negligent security cases. In addition, hotels, motels, college campuses and apartment complexes are prevalent areas for premises liability security issues.

$2 million dollar judgement monetary recovery in favor of the plaintiffs, two young men who were shot and severely injured during an attack at an arcade located in a shopping center. The case investigation showed the shopping center and arcade had been the location of numerous dangerous crimes of violence prior to the injuries to the clients. The court entered judgment against the owner of the arcade for an amount in excess of $2 million. The case against the owner of the shopping center later settled for a confidential amount. This ocurred in California


$1.3 million was recovered by a woman who was attacked and brutally beaten by a maintenance worker employed by the owner of the apartment complex at which the woman was residing. The worker had used a master key to enter the woman's apartment while she was sleeping. The apartment complex had not provided its residents with any type of secondary locking devices, such as deadbolts or chains, that would prevent access into its apartments by persons using pass keys recently in California.

Sources on compensation for negligent security
  • Employers/Business/Companies owners
  • Insurance companies
  • Property owners
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)