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 Negligent Security
According to Texas law, property owners, homeowners, and business owners are all responsible for harm that occurs on their property if the likelihood of that harm is reasonably foreseeable. This section of the law is known as premises liability and protects the rights of those who have been injured on another person’s property. Generally speaking, those who are injured because a property owner failed to keep his or her property reasonably safe may be able to collect financial compensation for their pain and suffering.
Many of the injuries that occur in stores, homes, and other properties include wet floors, debris and obstacles, but other premises accidents involve negligent security. Accidents caused by negligent premises security can include the following incidents:
Criminal assaults
Sexual assaults
Inadequate lighting
Improper premises/building design
Over the years, negligent security claims have been filed against all types of organizations and businesses for a failure to take certain precautions against crime. These cases are prevalent because they can happen almost anywhere, from a parking lot to a college campus, and it is often necessary to enlist the help of David McQuade Leibowitz who has experience in handling security claims.
Examples of inadequate security
Inadequate ATM and Bank Security
There are ATMs sprinkled throughout San Antonio in parking lots and outside of banks. These machines are both convenient and easy to use, but they can be a magnet for crime. When a bank fails to install adequate security measures at an ATM, customers may be assaulted or robbed while using the ATM.
Banks should take measures to ensure that the areas surrounding ATMs are well-lit and monitored by security guards or security cameras without any obstacles blocking the camera’s view.
Inadequate College Campus Security
College students are especially susceptible to attacks, burglaries and sexual assaults. Colleges are supposed to take certain precautions to make sure that students are protected from on-campus crimes. Security measures such as lighting, fences, camera and security guards are all helpful in reducing crime. However, according to statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 27,000 criminal incidents on college campuses in 2014. Included in that number were 13,500 burglary crimes, 6,700 forcible sex acts and 2,900 motor vehicle thefts reported on college campuses around the nation.
Proving a negligent security lawsuit
In order to be successful with your negligent security lawsuit, you must be able to prove that several conditions exist. First, you must prove that you are not the person who committed the crime. Second, you must prove that a crime did actually occur and that the crime resulted in injury to you. Third, you must prove that the crime was one that could have been foreseen as a possibility, and then you must prove that the property owner did not take reasonable measures to protect residents or customers from this crime and the potential for harm. Lastly, you must prove that your injuries were the direct result of the crime or criminal activity that occurred.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a criminal act because of negligent security, you have the right to seek compensation and justice and David McQuade Leibowitz can help. David McQuade Leibowitz strongly believes that landowners are responsible to reasonably anticipate potential crime. He stands up for the rights of assault victims and those who are injured when a property owner could have prevented the attack through additional security measures. He will pursue the compensation you deserve.
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