ARE PROPERTY OWNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSAULT INJURIES?
Victims of violent crimes often feel they have nowhere to turn for justice. The police may never catch the perpetrator. Even if they do, the focus of the criminal justice system is on punishing the perpetrator, not helping the victim recover from a devastating personal injury.
Where the criminal justice system fails crime victims, the civil justice system may provide an answer. In some cases, property owners can be held financially responsible for the physical and emotional harm suffered by crime victims. The attorneys at the LoRicco Law Firm handle cases of negligent security against hotels, apartments, businesses and other property owners in New Haven and other Connecticut Shoreline communities. If you were assaulted on someone else’s property, contact us for a free case evaluation.
WHAT IS NEGLIGENT SECURITY?
Property owners have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment to guests and to correct known defects. This area of law is known as premises liability. Negligent security is one type of premises liability case.
Some people commit violent acts despite the best efforts of property owners to assure guest safety. In this case, the property owner would not be liable. However, if the property owner was aware of the risk of assault and did not take steps to mitigate that risk, he or she may be liable.
Examples of negligent security include:
- Failure to install video cameras to deter crime
- Inadequate lighting
- Failure to hire security guards
- Hiring poorly trained security guards
- Failure of a hotel or apartment to have working locks on windows and doors
- Failure to control access to guest rooms in hotels
To talk to a lawyer about your negligent security case, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.