A victim of a violent crime suffers physically, emotionally, and financially. Although the police and authorities can make an attacker pay for their crime, the goal of criminal charges is to punish the criminal, not help the victim. A negligent security claim focuses on the victim. It helps the victim get compensation for the pain and suffering that they have endured, as well as for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages.
A negligent security claim is brought against the owner of the property on which the crime occurred for their failure to keep the property reasonably safe for visitors. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their property free from hazards that they know about or should have known about. When a crime happens on the property that was foreseeable, perhaps because there had been similar crimes in the area, the property owner may be liable to the victim for not taking reasonable steps to make the property safe, such as security lighting, locks, or even security guards depending on the circumstances.
Negligent security applies to both residential and commercial property owners. Violent crimes, such as assault, battery, robbery, and rape, can happen anywhere, from malls and nightclubs to schools and private homes. When they do, an injured victim may be able to sue the negligent property owner for their financial losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages, and also for the physical pain and emotional trauma that they have suffered as a result of the crime.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime on someone else’s property, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your right to compensation. Negligent security claims can be complex but you should not be overwhelmed by overpowering insurance companies or unknown legal processes. A negligent security attorney, like the attorneys at Morris James, can guide you to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
At Morris James, our attorneys have been standing up for victims since we opened our doors in 1932. If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of negligent security or you have questions about this topic, you may find answers in our Negligent Security FAQs. You can also contact us online or call us 302.655.2599 to learn more.
- Michael G. Owen, Partner
- Joshua H. Meyeroff, Partner
- Kevin G. Healy, Partner
- Keith E. Donovan, Managing Partner
- Matthew R. Fogg, Partner
- Ross C. Karsnitz, Partner
- W. Christopher Componovo, Counsel
- Wilson A. Gualpa, Associate
- Ryan T. Keating, Associate
- Justin K. Weeks, Associate
- Susan D. Ament, Partner
- Clayton E. Bunting, Of Counsel
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- Michael G. OwenPartner
- Joshua H. MeyeroffPartner
- Kevin G. HealyPartner
- Keith E. DonovanManaging Partner
- Matthew R. FoggPartner
- Ross C. KarsnitzPartner
- W. Christopher ComponovoCounsel
- Wilson A. GualpaAssociate
- Ryan T. KeatingAssociate
- Justin K. WeeksAssociate
- Susan D. AmentPartner
- Clayton E. BuntingOf Counsel