Ogden Negligent Security Attorneys
Suing Proprietors Who Fail to Protect Guests & Visitors
Property owners have a duty to reasonably prevent violent crimes on their
properties, especially if their properties are considered prone to crime.
If you were assaulted, robbed, or otherwise hurt due to a criminal action
on someone else’s property, then you might be able to file a lawsuit
against the proprietor for negligent security. You might also have a claim
if you were harmed on your own property within a residential complex.
Even if the criminal has been apprehended and convicted, you can still
see about holding the proprietor liable for your damages, too.
Lowe Law Group can help you file a negligent security claim or lawsuit
if you were assaulted on someone else’s property in Ogden. Our attorneys
know how to discover insurance policies held by the proprietor to file
against, like a homeowners’ insurance policy or a general business
insurance policy. The goal is to get as much compensation for you as possible,
so you can recover and try to move past such a traumatic incident.
Contact our firm online or call
(801) 797-3444 to get more information.
What is Negligent Security?
Certain properties owe visitors, guests, customers, employees, and others
reasonable protections from potential criminal activities. Negligent security
cases usually involve some sort of business, commercial property, or residential
property complex that is managed by a business because these properties
owe guests and visitors an innate duty of care and protection from various
hazards, including crimes. When reasonable steps to prevent crimes are
not taken, and another property owner would have likely taken those steps
in the same situation, any harm suffered by a guest, visitor, or tenant
could be the grounds for a negligent security lawsuit.
Examples of security measures that some properties should take include:
- Installing security cameras in busy and isolated areas
- Proving ample light around the property at night
- Putting protective bars over windows and doors after hours
- Hiring security personnel to patrol the property regularly
- Requiring tenants to have a key or code to enter the complex
Do Some Properties Need More Security Than Others?
Generally, a property is expected to take heightened security measures
if it could be reasonably expected that the property itself could “invite”
crime. For example, banks and financial institutions should have adequate
security measures in place like security guards, cameras, and emergency
alarms because desperate criminals might be tempted to rob the property
and/or anyone on it. Or an apartment complex in an area known for a high
property crime rate should have locking exterior gates that only allow
tenants and welcome guests to enter.
Can You Sue Your Employer for Negligent Security?
Some negligent security cases originate from employees who have been robbed
or assaulted while working at their employer’s establishment. Employers
owe their employees reasonable security measures to help protect them
from would-be thieves. If those measures are not taken, then a lawsuit
Typically, though, workers’ compensation benefits are used instead
of a lawsuit after an employee is hurt and traumatized by a criminal’s
actions. It will be difficult to also sue the employer unless there is
clear evidence that the employer was egregiously negligent, and that negligence
led to the employee’s injuries. For example, an employer who willingly
gives the work schedule of an employee to unidentified strangers could
be held liable if those strangers later use that schedule to attack the
employee as they leave their shift. Even then, though, the lawsuit would
only be able to pursue any damages not paid through workers’ comp.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
To learn more about negligent security claims in Ogden, call
(801) 797-3444 and request a
free case evaluation from our attorneys of Lowe Law Group. We can tell you more about your
options and what compensation might be owed to you, such as medical treatment
costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Don’t delay –
premises liability case today.