When a consumer is out shopping or utilizing the services of local businesses, they’re doing so with a reasonable expectation of safety. Consumers park in lots they assume are well-lit, secure, and safe. They enter establishments assuming the security guards and cameras are enough to prevent nefarious types from taking advantage of them. They park their cars in garages assuming the security guards are circling regularly, the lights are bright, and the cameras up and running. It’s a reasonable expectation that a business or professional service has enough security on the premise to keep their customers safe.
When a business fails to provide adequate security and an assault, rape, or murder takes place, it leaves the business wide open to a negligence charge. Did the business not turn on their security cameras to save money? Did they not hire enough security to adequately patrol an area of a certain size? Were they aware their security wasn’t working properly, yet they did nothing to rectify the situation at hand? Inadequate security at any establishment puts customers at risk for danger, and the business owner could be liable for those damages.
Duty of Care
All business owners are required to protect their customers. This means taking action to repair broken stairs or dark hallways. It means taking the time to repair lights that go out in the parking garage, and it means keeping clients safe with the correct security. Inadequate security can cause a myriad of life-changing events:
– Death by murder
When this occurs, a customer’s life is changed forever. Injuries are usually sustained whether they’re physical or emotional, and oftentimes the injuries sustained encompass a bit of both. Federal law does not regulate the type of amount of security a business must have to offer adequate protection. However, local and state laws do govern the reason of care business owners should provide their customers in terms of safety and security. Statutory laws in any state govern the amount of reasonable care and the rightful safety precautions business owners should take, and each case is handled on the basis of what’s expected and required by law.
When a victim is victimized in or around a business without adequate security, it’s not always clear what the first step is for the victim. Once the shock wears off, victims wonder if there is a reason this happened to them, and they want to know if anything can be done to prevent this from happening again. This is when you call an attorney to help build your case, prove that the business owner could have done more to keep customers safe, and you pursue compensation.
– Loss of wages
– Severe injury
– Long-term care
– Emotional distress
– Pain and suffering
– Medical bills
Following victimization, the person who was attacked or assaulted sees a doctor. There will be medical bills. If injuries sustained during the assault are severe, medical bills add up quickly. If long-term care is needed, or a person experiences emotional anguish, it makes the medical bills even more expensive. It’s not your job to pay medical bills racking up quickly because someone else was negligent in their ability to provide a safe environment for the people in their care.
Let an experienced attorney handle your case. With ample experience working with inadequate security cases, these attorneys know what to do, how to do it, and how to get the best results for their clients. Don’t suffer financially for the rest of your life on top of suffering emotionally and physically if someone else is to blame for your serious injuries. You’re owed compensation, and an attorney can help you determine how much, and how quickly you can obtain that compensation when you are a victim of a business’ negligence.