Property owners are usually required by law to provide for the security and safety of their customers, guests and visitors. If a property owner fails to fulfill this duty through insufficient lighting, locks that are broken or inadequate security guards, and someone is attacked and battered, raped, or killed, then the owner of that property could be charged with negligent security under the area of law called premises liability. The set of laws that makes the person who has possession of a property liable for injuries suffered by those who are present on their premises refers to premises liability law. Property owners or landlords are required to exercise reasonable care in the management, construction, and maintenance of all their facilities and grounds. This duty may be breached by a property owner by failing to provide proper inspections to safeguard against conditions that are dangerous, hiding a known safety hazard or not providing sufficient security against crimes that are foreseeable. According to common law, the duty of care owed to the injured party depends on whether the injured party was on the premises as a guest, invitee, or trespasser with normally a higher duty of care for licensees and invitees than trespassers.
Recoverable Losses Due to Negligent Security
Injuries sustained because of negligent security are often times very violent, serious crimes that could possibly lead to physical disabilities, post traumatic stress disorder, disfigurement or even death. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of property owner negligence, you might be able to recover losses through financial compensation. Some of those losses could include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical costs and even funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death due to negligence.
Texas Negligent Security Attorneys
In order for an attorney to successfully litigate a negligent security case, it will have to be proven that the property owner should have known about the danger and failed to act. This could involve investigating crime statistics in that area, talking with any witnesses, examining photos and other records to figure out if the incident was a foreseeable one. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligent security on someone else’s property, contact Texas Attorney Group today. We will match you with our experienced Texas negligent security attorneys who will help you gather evidence to build a strong case and pursue a claim.