Property owners and managers – including residential property owners, landlords, and commercial property owners and managers – have a legal obligation to ensure that their premises are safe and free from hazards. In the case of commercial property owners, such as restaurants, bars, apartment buildings, malls, and retail shopping centers, the obligation to provide safe premises might mean that the property owner or manager is obligated to provide security on the premises. Unfortunately, property owners do not always adhere to their obligations and inadequate or negligent security can result in accidents and injuries.
In some cases, the property owner or manager can be held liable for accidents and injuries caused or exacerbated as a result of inadequate or negligent security. For instance, if someone is injured during a crime that occurred because there was inadequate or negligent security, the property owner may be liable for any injuries sustained under a theory of premises liability.
Some common signs of negligent security include:
- Poor lighting
- Broken or lack of fences or locks
- Lack of security cameras
- Overly aggressive security
- Overly passive security guards
- Failure to secure entry doors
- Open gates or loading docks
- Failure to properly assess employees or visitors
Often times, a third-party triggering event will invoke a negligent security lawsuit. Some common triggering events include:
- A mugging or robbery in a commercial property parking lot
- A physical assault on a commercial property, such as a sexual assault or a bar fight
- A physical assault by a security guard
If you were injured as a result of inadequate or negligent security, you may be able to recover money damages from the property owner, property manager, or any other negligent third-party for the following in a premises liability lawsuit: medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Premises liability is a complex legal theory, however, which makes it imperative that you consult with an attorney experienced handling inadequate security cases like the Chicago premises liability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices. Specifically, a plaintiff in a negligent security lawsuit must prove that:
- The property owner had a legal obligation to protect people from criminal activity on the property,
- The property owner either knew or should have known of the potential for harm,
- The property owner had a reasonable opportunity to take the appropriate and necessary safety precautions, and
- The owner failed to adequately protect people from harm.
At Ankin Law Office, our Chicago injury lawyers have unique and focused knowledge of premise liability laws and, as such, we are well-equipped to advise you on your legal rights and advocate on your behalf in a court of law.
If you have been the victim of a crime on someone else’s property, contact the Chicago premises liability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices as soon as possible so that we investigate the situation, preserve evidence, and help you pursue your negligent security claim.