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Can Negligent Security Lead to Wrongful Death?

Mar 30, 2023 | Los Angeles Information

Every type of property, whether residential or commercial real estate that is under public or private ownership, may experience cases of negligent security. The following are just a few examples of the locations where negligent security problems may occur:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars/Nightclubs
  • Factory-run gas stations
  • Universities and schools
  • Workplaces
  • Hospitals
  • Play areas and parks
  • Hotels
  • Parking Structures
  • Banks
  • Housing complexes
  • Centers for detail

Typical Cases of Negligent Security

You or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained as a consequence of an assault or attack on someone else’s property from property owners, lessees, managers, or a careless security company. Perhaps, you may sue the parties at fault and obtain compensation. Armed robberies, gunfire in broad daylight, assaults, battery, sexual assaults, and murder are just a few of the crimes that can be the result due to the lack of protection.

The security needs for various types of properties may vary. However there are several common examples of negligent security, such as:

  • A lack of security cameras or broken camera equipment
  • Unqualified security officers who lack training
  • Lacking security personnel
  • Unable to lock doors
  • Insufficient or absent light
  • Damaged gates or fences
  • Lack of an alarm system or broken alarms

After conducting a comprehensive case study, a negligent security attorney may evaluate the necessary security measures for various types of companies.

Potential Liability of a Property Owner

When a person suffers property damage, injury, or death while on the premises of a company or property owing to a lack of security, the negligent party may be responsible. It is the responsibility of property owners to maintain the reasonable safety of its patrons and guests. Simple security procedures can help you prevent common risks including attacks, assaults, and armed robberies.

If the hurt party can demonstrate the following, they may be successful in a negligent security case:

1. The Property Owner Owes a Duty of Care

To start, a property owner should offer fundamental security measures like enough lighting, even if the precise security standards might vary from one company or property to another.

2. The Plaintiff Suffered Damage as a Result of Negligent Security

Furthermore, the plaintiff must establish that a negligent security incident resulted in their injuries and any monetary, property, or other possible losses in order to have a claim.

Additionally, the plaintiff must show that the offense was foreseen and that the property owner might reasonably be expected to know about it. It might be difficult to demonstrate foreseeability in this situation, but our negligent security attorneys can assist in compiling the necessary proof.

It’s crucial to realize that any evidence of past offenses on the land or close by may be used as evidence. The level of violence in the area is another bit of proof.

3. Effectiveness Depends on Timing

Equally important, it’s crucial to act immediately if you have a negligent security issue. For wrongful death and personal injury cases, including allegations of negligent security, several states have filing deadlines. It may take up to four years for plaintiffs to launch a personal injury claim in some jurisdictions due to the lengthy statute of limitations. Under the rules of certain other jurisdictions, the statute of limitations for launching a lawsuit may be relatively brief—beginning the day an accident occurred—and victims may only have a year to do so.

Your window of opportunity may become significantly smaller if you want to sue a government body. A “notice of claim,” which must be submitted before filing a lawsuit in the case of a civil action against a government party, may only have a short deadline.

Contact a Los Angeles Attorney Today

You can get assistance from an attorney in filing the required documents within your state’s deadlines. In addition, prompt action will make sure that any witnesses have recent memories of the occurrence and that any evidence does not vanish with time. The compensation you deserve may be easier to obtain if you act promptly.

Call our office at 310-933-5171 and visit our other website for more information on cases we can help you with.