Negligent Security involves cases where people are injured in attacks, criminal assaults, robberies and rapes because of inadequate security at commercial and residential locations. Such occurrences typically occur at malls, shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, schools or parking garages.
Most negligent security cases involve the injured party suing the owner, manager and/or occupant of the premises for failing to provide adequate security to prevent the attack from happening. One argument is that the defendant knew or should have known the possible risks posed by their establishment and taken efforts to mitigate them. For example, a local shopping mall may have experienced an uptick in thefts but did not increase security to protect patrons, and as a result, someone was attacked and injured.
Wilkes & McHugh has a variety of experience with premises liability cases, including those involving a carjacking at a mall, a criminal assault and murder at an assisted living facility, and a case where a teenage girl was taken hostage and stabbed at a major big-box store. You can find out more about those cases and others on our Experience page.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a criminal assault and you think negligent security may have been a factor, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We have the experience to help you through this difficult situation and see that justice is done for you and your family.