All property owners have a duty of care towards those who are on their premises. For example, a restaurant or department store owner has a duty to keep his or her business invitees safe from criminals, unruly patrons and from being robbed or assaulted.
Under the law of premises liability, a store, residential or other property owner must undertake adequate safety measures to ensure your safety or to give you sufficient warning of a dangerous or unsafe condition. If you have been injured by an assault or slip and fall because of inadequate security, contact the California negligent security lawyers at The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian.
Adequate Safety Measures
Proper security is needed at particular venues or other premises where patrons or visitors are allowed and even encouraged to be for the business benefit of the owner. Examples of inadequate security include:
- Failure to provide adequate lighting or locked gates
- Inadequate surveillance of parking lots, elevators, stairwells and other areas
- Failure to provide security in bars or sporting venues
- Inadequate mall security
- Lack of security on a college campus and at its living quarters
- Swimming pool accidents-failure to lock gates or to meet safety standards
Other typical areas where patrons encounter unsafe conditions include amusement parks, schools, airports and hospitals where security must be on alert for criminal conduct.
Bars and establishments that sell alcoholic beverages should be wary of unruly customers and to promptly remove them from their property or keep them isolated until law enforcement arrives if they refuse to leave or to cooperate.
Knowledge of High Crime Areas
Anytime where you have high concentrations of people, there is the potential for criminal activity. College campuses and some bars or nightclubs are prowled by persons seeking to rob or assault students or patrons especially in dimly lit areas at night. Owners have a duty to regularly inspect their property to ensure doors are locked, lights are working, cameras are filming and security guards are patrolling.
If a property owner is on notice of previous crimes on their property or in particular places, he or she must provide surveillance, adequate lighting and security personnel to protect people who are lawfully on their property from being victims of similar crimes.
Types of Injuries
Nearly any kind of injury can result in a negligent security claim:
- Head injuries
- Sexual assault
- Gunshot wounds
Robberies, assaults and violent confrontations can leave you and your loved ones with lasting emotional damage that can affect your job performance and family life. If you suffer a personal injury, your normal daily activities may be permanently affected. In cases like these, you will need the professional advice and representation of the California negligent security attorneys at The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian.
Retain The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian
Proving negligent security and holding a property owner or operator responsible for your injuries can be difficult. Insurers and private owners often hire teams of defense attorneys to protect them from having to admit liability or to be forced to pay thousands or even millions of dollars in compensation.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian have successfully fought for the rights of injured victims in premises liability cases. We have the resources, experience and knowledge to handle negligent security cases. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.