Every year, thousands of people throughout the United States are injured as a result of an assault, rape and other vicious attacks. Many violent attacks occur in parking lots, parking ramps, college campuses, apartment complexes and hotels. While some attacks could not be prevented even with the most stringent safety standards, many attacks are preventable through the use of proven security measures such as:
- Adequate lighting
- Sufficient security staff
- Video cameras
Businesses can prevent attacks by routinely performing a criminal background check on new employees to determine whether they have previous convictions for assault or a sex crime. Owners and operators of various types of property, including apartments, buildings, and shopping malls, have a duty to prevent foreseeable crimes on their premises by providing adequate security. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and a crime such as rape, robbery, or assault results, he or she may be held liable for damages.
Often, proper security equipment, personnel, or surveillance, when the landowner knew or should have known of the potential for criminal conduct, could have prevented the crime. When insufficient security at a hotel, night club, shopping mall, or apartment complex results in the assault or injury of an individual, Nevada law provides that the owners of the establishment can be held liable for negligent security. If you were injured in an attack or assault by a third party on someone else’s land or premises, you should consult an experienced negligent security attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a family member has been injured as a result of negligent security measures at a hotel, apartment or other business property in the Las Vegas area, we encourage you to contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights.