Connecticut Negligent Security Attorneys
The sight of security guards protecting us should provide a feeling of safety. Unfortunately, this sense of being protected is often just an illusion. In many cases, the level of security at a public or commercial venue is not adequate to fully protect the people on the premises, and the property owners know this.
Under Connecticut law, commercial property owners are legally required to put reasonable safety protocols in place in order to prevent foreseeable attacks on their customers or residents. Failure to do so means that they can be found liable in the event of an incident. This is referred to as negligent security.
Situations That Can Lead to a Negligent Security Claim
While there are many situations in which a property owner could be accused of negligent security, we see a few come up repeatedly. They include:
- Lack of adequate lighting in alleyways, parking garages, or hallways
- Broken or failed locks
- Not enough security personnel on premises
- Inadequate training and experience for security personnel
- Failure to provide adequate supervision for children
- Lack of adequate fencing around a perimeter
- Failure to provide clear safety procedures
When situations like the above occur, and lead to crimes, the property owner or manager could be found liable. Physical or sexual assault, robbery, vandalism, or even murder can all be the result of negligent security.
The locations where negligent security claims often arise include the following:
- Parking garages
- Parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Hotels and motels
- Grocery stores
- Schools and universities
- Shopping centers and malls
- Office buildings
Is Negligent Security Easy to Prove?
On the plus side, because property owners are becoming more and more aware of the possibility of negligent security claims, awareness is at an all-time high. This means that there are fewer excuses for having inadequate security. Even so, proving a claim like this can still be very difficult.
First of all, you must prove that a crime occurred on the premises and that it was due to a lack of security in some way. The crucial element to a successful case is that the crime was a foreseeable one and that the owner or property manager knowingly failed to take precautions. This could require a great deal of investigation and research to bolster your claim, such as evidence that the area is known to have a history of crime.
It will also be necessary to prove who the guilty party is. In some cases this will be the property owner, but other times it will be a management company, a security company, or an event organizer. It is often the case that more than one party can be held responsible.
It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t wait to take action. Not only is speed necessary in order to gather evidence and build a solid case, but the statute of limitations in these situations is generally two years. The sooner you can start the legal process, the better your chances of success.
Receive the Compensation You Deserve
At Naizby Law, our Connecticut premises liability lawyers have a proven track record when it comes to negligent security cases. Most recently, we were able to reach a confidential settlement for a client stabbed at a nightclub as a result of negligent security. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping victims get the compensation they deserve. If you or a family member has been injured due to negligent security, contact us today. Call (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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