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.
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 could follow.
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 – begin your premises liability case today.
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