There are a number of situations in which the failure to provide adequate security to prevent an injury or death exists. One of the most common is the failure to provide adequate security to apartment, shopping or stadium parking lots. Another very common type of negligent security lawsuits arise from being injured while at nightclubs; either due to a lack of security or a lack of training and policies which would deter or prevent serious injury or death to their customers.
To prevail in a lawsuit against an entity for negligent security, it is usually necessary to prove that the entity responsible for the safekeeping and maintenance did not properly and sufficiently maintain the premises in such a manner that would deter criminals to assault or rob the tenant or shopper or customers. Generally in these types of cases, it is necessary to prove that previous tenants/shoppers had been assaulted, robbed, kidnapped, etc., due to the lack of negligent security.
Adequate security does not necessarily mean having a guard on duty 24/7. However, it does require the landlord to provide adequate lighting and often surveillance cameras to deter potential criminals from assaulting, robbing, or kidnapping a tenant or shopper. To prevail in a case of negligent security, it is usually necessary to prove that a previous tenant or shopper was assaulted by a third person. However, where the apartment
building or shopping center is in a high crime area, this may not be necessary to prove.
Another example of the duty to provide adequate security is the sports stadiums where football, baseball, ice hockey, and other sports are played. If a person goes to a game wearing the opposing team’s jersey, hometown fans may become inebriated and assault the other team’s fan. The stadium owes a duty to act quickly to protect the other team’s fan from the home team’s fan, who have often had a belly-full of beer. If the stadium security personnel does not act swiftly to quell the situation and protect the fan, the owners of the stadium can be liable for the injuries to the other team’s fan.
If you have been seriously injured or had a loved one killed due to the negligent security of an apartment building, shopping center, sports stadium, or other venue, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to represent you in your efforts to receive maximum monetary recovery from the careless (“negligent”) defendant who failed to provide adequate security for your protection. The Torkzadeh Law Firm offers free consultation (888) 845-9696.