Massachusetts Negligent Security Lawyers
Trusted Advocates Serving New England Clients
In a variety of different contexts, property owners and managers have a responsibility to establish an appropriate level of security in order to ensure that residents and visitors to their property are not exposed to unnecessary risks. Negligent security, unfortunately, is an all-too-common issue, one which can place the well-being and even lives of others in serious danger.
The consequences of negligent security can be devastating, possibly resulting in serious injuries or even wrongful death. In these situations, injury victims may be entitled to seek compensation for the damages they suffer through premises liability claims. As the consequences of a lack of security can be extremely burdensome for those affected by this issue, our Massachusetts negligent security attorneys understand that getting this compensation can be invaluable. The lawyers of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can help individuals who have been victims of improperly lax security measures and have a team of full-time nurses we work closely with to add value to our clients’ claims.
What Is Negligent Security?
When you enter another individual’s property, it is within reason for you to expect that the property owner will take measures to ensure your safety. Unfortunately, some property owners will try to cut corners by not providing or enforcing appropriate security measures. Generally, property owners will not be held responsible for the actions of a third party on his or her property, such as in the case of an attack. When an attack occurs on a property where the threat was foreseeable and the property owner still failed to provide adequate security, however, that property owner may be held liable for the damages caused during the attack.
Victims of attacks that could have been prevented may be able to bring negligent security cases against the owner, manager, or occupier of the property on which the incident took place if these entities failed to take reasonable security precautions.
These types of attacks can happen anywhere, but a few of the most common areas for this type of criminal activity are:
- Apartment complexes
- Shopping centers
- Hotels or motels
- Office buildings
- Parking lots or parking garages
Individuals should be able to expect adequate security when they go out into the world, and a violation of one’s personal safety can be incredibly traumatizing. Whether you are threatened, robbed, raped, or assaulted, all those responsible for your unnecessary suffering deserve to be punished.
Negligent Security FAQs
To help you understand your options, we have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions from clients just like you.
Where do I start?
The first step to seeking compensation for an injury to you or a loved one is to find out who the responsible party is. This holds especially true in matters of negligent security when you may not have a clear idea of who to hold liable. A negligent security attorney can help you determine if the property owner where a crime was committed, or an accident happened, is liable for your damages. Many people don’t realize this. Property owners have responsibilities associated with their ownership, and if those duties have not been upheld, then you may be able to prove negligent security.
Why should I consider a negligent security case?
The very concept of a negligent security case is to seek to encourage property and business owners to be more responsible in safeguarding their premises. Victims can find the justice they deserve, and future incidents may be avoided when they pursue negligent security cases with the help of experienced attorneys.
Is it difficult to prove negligent security?
Foreseeability is an important factor to consider in negligent security matters because it may be difficult to hold someone liable if the accident was something difficult to foresee. Though no one can predict the future, property or business owners can be aware of previous incidents or patterns that indicate potential problems. For example, if a hospital employee assaults a patient and the hospital failed to do a background check on that employee who happened to have a record of previous assaults, then the patient may be able to sue the hospital for negligent security. To prove your case of negligent security, you may need to show that the party at-fault had foreseeability by demonstrating that previous incidents happened, or by looking at their policies that may imply certain risks.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Negligent security cases are rarely clear-cut, so it’s advisable to enlist an attorney’s help. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent security, you will need strong evidence to prove negligence on the part of the owner of the property on which you were injured. You will also want to carefully choose how much compensation to ask for. First, you need to fully calculate the damages you have suffered, including lost wages, medical bills, and potentially future earnings as well. These are easier items to add up than the pain and suffering you also want to consider. When deciding how much compensation you need, it’s important to keep in mind that asking too little will leave you with outstanding debt for medical costs, and asking too much will hurt your case in the eyes of a judge or jury.
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our attorneys fiercely fight for the rights of our clients and pride ourselves on our track record of successful settlements. We have consistently fought for our clients for over a hundred years. This experience and commitment help us better serve you and our community. If you have been injured or harmed as a result of negligent security, you shouldn’t have to face the consequences on your own.
Find out what our Massachusetts negligent security lawyers can do to help you fight for your rights and interests today by calling (617) 404-3417 for a free consultation.