When on someone else’s property, your security should be a top priority. There shouldn’t be any concerns of being assaulted or attacked in a stairwell, a parking lot, or any other public place. If a business or establishment fails to provide adequate security that led you or a loved one to suffer a violent crime or an assault, contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. We have extensive experience recovering compensation on behalf of injured victims and can help you.
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Some of the most common reasons why assaults or attacks occur due to negligent security are:
If adequate security measures are not taken and a crime occurs, it may be considered a foreseeable crime, meaning it potentially could have been avoided. In that case, Washington, D.C. premises liability laws are in place to hold the property owner accountable for any injuries.
A person suing for negligent security will need to show that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries. The victim, or plaintiff, will have to prove these facts:
When considering negligence, the court will take into account if the personal injury was foreseeable or not. For example, an injury may have been foreseeable if there had been multiple prior assaults in a parking lot and the property owner did not take action to attempt to prevent another from occurring. On the contrary, if there had been prior assaults and then a robbery occurred, the robbery may not have been foreseeable.
Negligent security cases can be complicated to navigate without representation. Evidence and paperwork will need to be gathered to build a strong case that will prove negligence. A negligent security lawyer will have the resources necessary to investigate your claim on your behalf, allowing you to focus on recovering from a potentially traumatizing incident. Your attorney will:
Security experts may also be consulted to provide further evidence showing negligence to ensure that you receive the fair settlement you deserve.
Contact our experienced attorney team at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today if you or a family member has been the victim of a crime that could have been prevented, if not for inadequate security. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation.