Negligent Security

Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to keep their property reasonably safe and to eliminate foreseeable danger. When a business or property owner fails to do this and it results in an injury they can be held legally liable. This falls under a concept known as premises liability. Many people are familiar with this concept when it comes to preventable accidents such as in a slip and fall case. But, did you know that a business is also responsible for protecting you from injuries caused by third party actors on their property? If they fail to do so you may have a claim of negligent security. If you have been injured by the bad actions of a third party on public or private property an experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options and pursue any viable remedies.

What is Negligent Security?

Negligent Security occurs when a property owner fails to provide security up to the standard that a prudent property owner would normally provide in a similar situation. For example, if you were staying at a hotel, you would reasonably expect that your door’s lock would function properly. If you were then injured because an intruder was able to access your unlocked room, the hotel is very likely guilty of providing negligent security. The key legal issue, is the determination of what level of security is generally provided and therefore reasonably expected in a given circumstance. Another example would be an attack that occurs at an ATM machine. It is well established that ATM machines are high risk crime spots. Any business with an ATM machine is reasonably expected to be aware of this fact and therefore provide safety measures to a customer using their ATM machine. Other relatively common examples of negligent security include:

  • An inadequate amount of staff
  • Lack of security guards
  • Staff that is undertrained
  • Lack of surveillance cameras
  • Faulty locks on any building doors
  • Inadequate screening of the people given access to the premises
How Do You Prove A Case of Negligent Security?

A negligent security claim can be legally complicated and the responsible party will no doubt do their best to avoid paying you damages. A qualified negligent security attorney will help you hold the negligent party accountable. There are four fundamental steps involved in proving your case and collecting your rightful compensation. First, you must prove that an unsafe condition existed on the property. Then you must follow that up by proving that the unsafe condition was the cause of your injury. These two steps can be relatively basic in many cases. It’s the final two steps where your attorney will be critical, as this is where it can get tricky and the issue will likely become fiercely contested. You must prove that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the unsafe condition and that the property owner failed to take prudent action to protect you from the unsafe condition. If you can do this you have proven the required legal element of negligence and you can prevail in a negligent security lawsuit.

Contact A Negligent Security Attorney In Georgia

If you have been a victim of a business or property owner’s negligent security practices you need to contact an experienced lawyer today. It is your legal right to hold the negligent business or property owner accountable for their negligence and you are entitled to fair compensation. The Angell Law Firm has almost 20 years of trial experience successfully representing our clients. Contact The Angell Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.