Arizona Negligent Security Lawyer
Everyone has a right to feel reasonably safe when visiting public or private places, including shopping malls, hotels, apartment buildings, and other premises. Visitors expect property owners or lessees to have in place proper security measures to ensure their safety. The safety concern is especially high in premises or areas where recent crimes have occurred, including assaults, rapes, and robberies.
Where there are insufficient or inadequate security measures, the property owner or lessee may be liable for any injuries caused by crimes on their premises. If you or a loved one is a victim of a crime due to negligent security on public or private property, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
However, negligent security claims are often complicated, and it’s advisable to seek the help of a skilled and experienced negligent security attorney. If you are in Arizona, you can contact Mr. Barry Bellovin of The Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC. He is a knowledgeable and experienced Arizona lawyer and will help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
What is Negligent Security?
Arizona’s premises liability laws require property owners to keep their premises safe; otherwise, they are liable for injuries visitors or customers incur while on their property. Negligent security is a type of premises liability where an individual sustains injuries due to a crime not prevented due to inadequate or insufficient security in private or public property.
Negligent security can occur in residential or commercial properties and under different circumstances. Some places where negligent security claims can arise include:
- Hotels and restaurants
- Bars and nightclubs
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Parking garages/parking lots
- Workplaces and office buildings
- Apartment complexes
- Government facilities
- Hospitals and nursing homes
- Sport complexes
Understanding and Proving a Negligent Security Claim
Negligent security claims involve a range of crimes that exposes an individual to assault, robbery, or gun violence by a third party due to a property’s owner inadequate security measures. Typically, a negligent security claim arises where reasonable security measures could have prevented the crime by third parties. Like other negligent claims, you have to prove some critical facts, including:
- the crime was foreseeable, and
- there was an unreasonable risk of harm
- careless of negligent acts
Essentially, you need to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care but failed in this duty resulting in a crime that left you injured. There are some deficiencies that a skilled lawyer can use to establish a negligent security claim, including:
- untrained or no security guards on duty
- broken locks and open doors or windows
- blocked emergency exits
- open gates
- lack of security cameras or available cameras not working properly
- failure to monitor or lack of a security system
- poor lighting
- lack of proper criminal background checks on employees and contractors
Depending on the crime rates in an area, property owners should also have additional security on their premises, including adequate fencing and high-tech security cameras.
Contact an experienced Arizona Lawyer
A crime, including an assault, rape, or robbery, can leave you with serious injuries requiring costly medical or psychological treatment. You may also be unable to work for long periods of time resulting in permanent disability. Where a property owner or lessee was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. There may be available insurance policies that provide coverage. Negligent security claims are not always straightforward, hence the need to seek the help of a skilled and experienced lawyer. If you are in Arizona, Mr. Barry Bellovin of The Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC, is here for you. He is committed to helping you navigate the often complex claim process while ensuring you get fair compensation for your injuries. Contact him for a free case review and to learn more about his services.