In New York City, property owners of establishments such as office and apartment buildings, restaurants, schools, and bars have a duty of care to take certain security measures to ensure a safe environment for individuals who are visiting, live, or work on their premises. When an owner fails to take adequate precautions to secure their property, they may be liable for any attacks that result from a lack of security. As a result, individuals who have suffered an injury on a piece of property that is not adequately secured should contact a skilled attorney. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York negligent security lawyers are committed to defending the rights of individuals who have suffered an unnecessary injury due to a property owner's carelessness. We have witnessed firsthand the hardships that can be caused by a negligent property owner. As a result, we always pursue maximum compensation in court.
Have you or someone you love suffered an injury on another person's property? Do you believe the property owner failed to provide adequate security? If so, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. For a free consultation regarding your legal options, call 212.406.1700 or fill out our online review form. Queller, Fisher, Washor Fuchs & Kool will review your claim to see how they may be able to help you.Was the Property Owner's Failure to Provide Adequate Security Grounds for a Lawsuit?
In order to have grounds for a negligent security lawsuit, all of the following must be true:
- The property owner must have been able to reasonably foresee the potential for criminal conduct in the area. In negligent security cases, foreseeability is the traditional basis for liability. For instance, if a property owner operates a bar or restaurant in a high-crime area, they could reasonably foresee the potential for criminal activity to take place on or around the premises. As a result, the property owner would have a duty of care to their guests to provide adequate security to combat the threat of crime.
- The victim's injury must have been caused directly by the lack of security. In other words, the injury could have been avoided had the property security measures been taken. If, however, it is unclear that additional security measures would have deterred the attack, the property owner may not be liable.
- The victim must have sustained either economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages are any financial loss caused by the injury, such as lost wages, medical bills that are uncovered by insurance, and damage to future earning potential. Victims may also be eligible to receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, permanent scarring, or emotional trauma.
Negligence occurs when an individual or entity breaches a duty of care that the law requires for the protection of other individuals and their interests. In inadequate security cases, property owners have breached their duty of care when they fail to adequately secure their premises in areas where they should have been able to reasonably foresee the potential for criminal activity. Owners may have acted negligently if their premises are in high-crime areas and lack any of the following:
- Security guards
- Security cameras
- Locks on doors or cameras are broken
- Inadequate security personnel
- Inadequate lighting in parking lots
Property owners are also responsible for the actions of the security staff they hire. For instance, if a bouncer at a bar attacks and injures one of the establishment's guests, the owner may be liable for any damages that occur.Our Attorneys Have a History of Success in Premises Liability Cases
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our attorneys have successfully litigated many negligent security, premises liability, and slip-and-fall cases. Our firm has a history of sustained success representing individuals who have been severely injured due to a property owner's lack of security. Our numerous successful verdicts and settlements in these cases have yielded millions of dollars in compensation for victims of attacks on private property. We realize that an attack on private property can cause numerous and financial hardships. As a result, our attorneys will do whatever they can to hold the responsible property owner accountable for their negligence.
If you or someone you love has been attacked and injured on private property, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free, no-obligation consultation with our premises liability lawyers, call 212.406.1700 or contact us online.