Have you or a loved one been attacked, sexually assaulted, or robbed at weapon-point while at a concert, leaving a restaurant, or in an apartment complex or parking garage?
When you slip on a wet floor, you know that you may have the option to file a compensation claim for your injuries, but violent crime is often perceived like a force of nature; unpreventable. However, if a property owner disregarded steps that could have prevented the crime that resulted in your injury, you may be eligible to seek compensation.
Our negligent security lawyers are ready to fight for your rights after inadequate security caused you harm, so you can recover from your ordeal without stressing about the medical bills.
Negligent Security Law FAQs
What is “Negligent Security”?
California’s negligent security laws require landowners to keep their properties safe for visitors, including taking steps to prevent foreseeable criminal acts of third parties. In other words, if you were assaulted because of a lack of security on the property, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Likewise, if security is available but inadequate–for example, if violent crimes have occurred on the property in the past but no action was taken to prevent them in the future–the property owner can also be held liable.
Examples of negligent security include:
- Poor lighting
- Broken locks on doors, gates, and windows
- Lack of security cameras or alarms
- Inadequate emergency exits
- Untrained or poorly trained security guards
When Can I File a Negligent Security lawsuit?
In order to win a negligent security lawsuit, you will need to prove the following:
- You were on the property lawfully.
- You were injured on the property by a third party.
- The property owner should have known about potential risks to visitors to their property and failed to provide adequate security.
- Ex. 1: A business in an area with a high crime rate should know that visitors may be at a higher risk of armed robbery.
- Ex. 2: A bar with a reputation for “rowdy” clientele should know that visitors may be at a higher risk of assault.
- Your injuries would not have happened if the property owner had provided adequate security.
What Steps Should I Take After an Attack on Commercial Property?
If you’ve been attacked on commercial property, getting compensation can be a complicated process. Several parties may be liable for your injuries, including the property owner, management company, and security company. Additionally, there may be an ongoing criminal investigation against the assailant. To maximize your chances of getting compensation, follow these steps:
- When possible, get someplace safe.
- Call 911 and file a police report.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible, and alert the medical staff you are a victim of a crime before you are treated.
- Contact a premises liability law firm such as Berg Injury Lawyers.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
No one is ever turned away from our law firm due to their financial situation. The negligent security attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means your initial consultation is free, you pay no hourly fees, and if you don’t win compensation, you pay us nothing. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®, so don’t let the cost of hiring a lawyer stand in the way of getting compensation for your injuries.
Negligent Security Attorneys Serving Northern California
Cases such as assault and robbery are tried in criminal court, but when inadequate security measures on commercial property contributed to or caused your victimization, you may also have the option to pursue compensation for your injuries in civil court. Our personal injury law firm is accepting negligent security injury cases from California victims in Modesto, Fresno, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and the surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a crime that should have been prevented by proper security, we want to help you. Call Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free case review.