Every day, innocent people in Texas and other states of our country become
victims of crime. Many of these crimes could have been avoided if adequate
security measures were in place.
Negligent security cases involve individuals who were victims of criminal
acts on a business’ or private property due to inadequate security
or complete failure to provide any security. Property owners have a legal
obligation to keep others safe from harm, including criminal assault and
battery. If they fail to take proper safety measures or to warn visitors
of dangerous conditions, they can be held liable for negligent security.
Negligent security cases often allege that the owner or manager failed
to take one or more of the following steps to protect patrons from being
victims of crimes:
- Failure to provide a security patrol or adequate security patrols
- Inadequate security lighting or failure to maintain adequate lighting
- Failure to install, properly place, or monitor security cameras
- Faulty or inadequate gates, doors, locks, or fencing
- Failure to respond to a security alert
- Failure to properly warn of the potential for danger
In order to seek damages from a criminal attack stemming from negligent
security, it is critical to prove that the attack was “reasonably
foreseeable.” To demonstrate how a crime can be foreseeable, it
is important to establish that the business knew or should have known
that there was a possibility that the crime would occur.
For example, if a property is in a high crime neighborhood, but the property
owner fails to have adequate security measures in place to protect patrons,
this could be reasonable grounds for a negligent security case if the
property owner knew crimes are likely to occur.
So if you were assault or otherwise injured as a direct result of negligent
security, in addition to filing charges against the perpetrator of the
crime, you can also sue the property owner who failed to have proper security
measures in place.
Contact our Fort Worth personal injury lawyer at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley for more information today.