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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Negligent Security?

Wherever you are, whether at home, at a restaurant, a friend’s house, or the gym, it is natural to want to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, if a property does not maintain adequate security features, you might be at risk. If you were injured as the result of negligent or lacking security, you may have a personal injury claim.

Common issues with inadequate security include:

  • Security guards are negligent
  • Untrained or unqualified security guards
  • A lack of working locks on all doors and windows
  • Inadequate or malfunctioning alarm system
  • Lack of surveillance
  • Absence of adequate lighting

Security issues may happen in a variety of venues. If an apartment complex or housing community has a security guard or other security measures, those measures should be properly maintained and enforced. Likewise, restaurants, bars, night clubs, hotels, shopping malls, and other facilities open to the general public may be negligent in hiring security staff or upholding safety measures.

Homeowners could also be liable for negligent security if, for example, you are visiting someone else’s home while a robbery takes place. Homes armed with security systems or gates should be maintained and in working order. A malfunctioning or broken security gate could make it easier for someone to break into a private property. Likewise, a faulty security system may fail to sound the alarm when someone breaks into your home, which could leave the security company liable.

Liability in negligent security cases can fall to multiple different parties. The property manager, owner, or company that created and maintains the faulty security system may be liable, though other parties may also be somewhat responsible. If you were injured in a robbery or assault resulting from negligent security, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages. The damages may include medical expenses, damage to physical property, compensation for stolen property, as well as pain and emotional suffering.

Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC to find out if you think you have a personal injury claim.

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