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Understanding Negligent Security Litigation

When you enter a building or real property, it is reasonable to have an expectation that you will be safe. In fact, you have the right under California state law to enjoy a certain level of security when entering upon public or private premises.  Unfortunately, property owners and/or property managers often fail to take the necessary steps to ensure their premises is reasonably safe when it comes to security measures.

Here’s an example: After entering onto real property and you are assaulted by a criminal.  The property owner(s) and/or manager may be liable for your injuries (or losses) if it can be established that they failed to maintain a reasonably secure environment.

To learn more, let’s take a closer look at some specifics of what is referred to as “negligent security litigation.”

What is ‘Negligent Security’?

Negligent security litigation falls under the umbrella of premises liability law. Under these laws, property owners are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that their visitors entering upon their property remain safe. If these steps are not taken, and a visitor suffers an injury or a financial loss, then the property owner may be held liable for the damage.

Several factors influence whether the burden of “reasonable steps” has been met. For example, if the property has a track record of prior security problems and the owner has done nothing in response to remedy these problems.  In a scenario like this, the odds of liability being found is increased.

Common Security Measures

To maintain a safe environment, property owners/managers are expected to take steps to ensure their visitors are not victimized. These steps may include some of the following:

  • Proper lighting. Criminals may be emboldened by, or attracted to, dimly lit settings. If a property owner fails to maintain a well-lit environment – like not replacing broken light bulbs — liability may be present.
  • The hiring of professional security guards. Professional security guards can serve as a significant crime deterrent. In certain circumstances, by failing to have guards present — or having poorly trained guards – then liability can follow.
  • Installed security system including video and burglary alarms. A comprehensive security system is also a major crime deterrent.  If these systems are missing or broken, a property owner may be liable for any assault, or even murder, that occurs on-site.
  • Locked doors and windows. Failing to maintain secure doors and windows can lead to liability. In the same vein, property owners may also be liable if they do not provide easy access to an emergency exit.

Where Negligent Security Cases Occur

These cases may arise from incidents in both the commercial and residential settings. Common locations include:

  • Shopping malls
  • Convenience stores
  • Groceries
  • Parking garages
  • Parking lots
  • Office buildings
  • Schools
  • Government buildings
  • Amusement parks
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts
  • Airports

Finding the Right Negligent Security Attorney

If you have been injured in a scenario such as the ones listed above, it is imperative to find an attorney that specializes in negligent security litigation. These cases are often quite complex, as many factors may influence the finding of liability. Given this, it is extremely important to work with a legal partner who has extensive experience in this area.

At Mansell Mansell Ayala + Villaneda, we have that experience — and we are ready to help you get the legal justice you deserve. Contact us today for a fast and free consultation.

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