What are Examples of Security Negligence?
When visiting a property or business, you have the right to be reasonably safe. Property owners, business owners, and lessees are responsible for ensuring their premises are safe and secure. This doesn't just mean being safe from hazards like clutter or wet floors but also from becoming victims of a crime. Especially when crimes have recently occurred in or around the immediate area, those responsible have an even greater burden to ensure security on their property. Suppose they fail to take additional security measures to keep people that are legally on the property safe. In that case, they could find themselves in the middle of a civil lawsuit.
What Are Examples of Security Negligence?
Negligent security cases involve a victim or their property suffering harm at a commercial or residential property because the owner didn't take adequate steps to keep the property safe and secure. There is no blanket definition when it comes to having adequate security. However, some examples of negligent security can include:
- Broken security cameras
- Blocked emergency exits
- Untrained or underqualified security guards
- Broken fencing
- Unlocked gates, doors, or windows
- Poor lighting
- Lack of security patrols
- Unsupervised parking lots
Often, security negligence gives rise to serious and violent crimes including sexual assaults, rape, armed robberies, shootings, stabbings, and murder. As a result, the victim may suffer lifelong emotional injuries as well as a variety of debilitating physical injuries. In severe cases, negligent security could lead to their death.
If the careless attitude of a property owner or manager might have contributed to a crime being committed, the victims may have legal recourse. If someone dies due to negligent security, their loved ones may also be able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death.
Unfortunately, negligent security cases can sometimes be difficult to prove. Different interpretations may exist about a reasonable timeframe in which the owner should have taken action to make the property more secure. Some examples of additional security measures may include repairing a light fixture, increasing security patrols, or fixing a broken security camera. Being able to show prior incidences of violent crime can put the property owner on notice that they need to take more action to maintain safety on the premises.
Suppose you or someone you love suffers injuries and financial damages due to a negligent security incident. In that case, an experienced Alpharetta security negligence attorney could pursue the recovery of your damages. Even though the property owner may not have intentionally or directly caused you or our loved ones damages, they can still be held liable for not taking precautions to prevent it.
Damages Available in a Security Negligence Case
In a security negligence case, victims or their family members may be able to recover monetary damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Full value of a lost life
- Funeral expenses
Let a Knowledgeable Alpharetta Security Negligence Lawyer Fight for You
If you are searching for a knowledgeable Alpharetta security negligence attorney who will fight for your rights, look no further than the law firm of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland. Call our office today at (770) 887-1209 or contact us online to receive a private, complimentary case consultation to get your claim started.