Individuals can experience the negative impact of criminal activity in various situations. While the perpetrator of the activity may be criminally liable, there may be other entities that were negligent in failing to take the necessary precautions to protect others on their property. When a property owner fails to provide adequate security to their guests, they may be responsible for through a premises liability lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by negligent or inadequate security, it is critical that you contact a premises liability attorney right away. When these situations arise, large companies often hire a team of attorneys to protect their reputation and financial interests. Victims should call the personal injury attorneys at the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, to learn how a North Carolina attorney on our team can help.Injuries on Someone Else's Property Stemming from Inadequate Security
In some cases, those who suffer injuries on another’s property may be able to pursue a negligent or inadequate security claim against the property or landowner. These claims arise from the legal duty imposed on property and landowners to offer reasonable security and protect lawful visitors from foreseeable crimes of third parties.
The duties of a commercial or residential landowner vary depending on the unique circumstances of the event. For instance, a college that fails to provide security at the front desk may be responsible for a crime occurring in a dormitory. In comparison, a landlord may not necessarily be accountable for the criminal conduct of a guest or a tenant.
These cases require a comprehensive understanding of the complex laws that govern North Carolina premises liability claims. Victims of inadequate security in North Carolina should consult with an experienced attorney.Common Types of Negligent Security Claims in North Carolina
Certain situations or property conditions may serve as evidence of negligent or inadequate security. For example:
- Lack of security in a dark parking lot,
- Inadequate security training,
- Defective security cameras, locks, and windows,
- Inadequate lighting,
- Lack of controls and locks at access points,
- Broken emergency systems, and
- Inadequate monitoring at security points.
While these factors, on their own, are insufficient to establish liability. This evidence, in conjunction with other contributing factors, can help claimants recover damages from the negligent property owner.Proving Liability in an Inadequate Security Lawsuit
Under North Carolina law, those suing for inadequate or negligent security must prove that the landowner or operator failed to exercise reasonable care in preventing or discovering criminal activities so that visitors could avoid harm. Generally, the victim must establish that they were on the property lawfully, the at-fault party breached its duty to offer reasonable security, and the victim suffered injuries because of a third party’s actions that were reasonably foreseeable to the landowner.Who Is Liable for Negligent Security in North Carolina?
Those who suffer injuries because of negligent security may seek compensation from anyone responsible. Some commonly responsible parties include:
- Parking garage operators,
- Restaurants, bars, clubs,
- Apartment complexes,
- Amusement parks,
- Health Centers,
- Banks, and
- Sports complexes.
An attorney can assist in gathering evidence and presenting a compelling case for damages against any culpable entity.Have You Been Injured on Another’s Property?
When working with the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, you will benefit from having a dedicated team of experienced attorneys on your side. Whether your case is related to criminal activity such as an assault or robbery, or the negligence of a property owner in a drowning accident or slip & fall accident, our firm is ready to help you. We also assist clients in all personal injury matters, such as car accidents, falling object injuries, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Call our office today for a consultation, where you can discuss your accident with a personal injury lawyer who fully understands the laws surrounding your case. We would love to help you file your claim and get the compensation you deserve. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord premises liability lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.