Negligent Security - Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
Everyone likes to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, when individuals are out on the town for a night out or are visiting Las Vegas for a vacation, when they are supposed to be safe, they might not be. This is known as negligent security and this can result in harm and injury to someone. Populated areas such as Downtown Las Vegas and The Las Vegas Strip are well known areas for incidents such as these.
It is far more common today than ever before to turn on the news and hear about a traumatic event in a public space, such as what recently transpired at the Fort Lauderdale airport or the Cascade Mall in Washington state late in September 2016. Even as recently as October 1, 2017, a mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas. Although an incident like a mass shooting is a very complicated occurrence, we nevertheless ask what could have been done to better protect the public? While liability hasn’t been confirmed in any of the above incidents, people often look to the more extreme examples of what it means for someone or a business to not adequately protect the people on their property.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security occurs when there is a failure to protect people in a public space. More specifically, when people in a public place have their security compromised they may want to consider filing a lawsuit against the landlord, management, or other entity responsible for securing the venue.
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 land owner knew or should have known of the potential for criminal conduct, could have prevented the crime. When insufficient security at a hotel, nightclub, shopping mall, or apartment complex results in the assault or injury of an individual, Nevada law provides that the owners of the establishment can beheld liable for negligent security.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Negligent security cases are usually very specific to the facts and circumstances of each case and the incident that occurred. In most cases, the person that caused the injury can be held liable and it is possible to pursue a third party, such as a security company or other business, for negligence. Although it is impossible for the property or business owner to know that something terrible would happen on their premises, they might know it is possible. As a result, it is their responsibility to make sure there is sufficient security to make sure everybody is safe. If a property owner fails to make their property safe, and someone is injured or worse as a result, it’s possible they could be held liable for their negligence.
How Do You Determine Who Is Responsible For A Negligent Security Incident?
Just like a car accident or a slip and fall injury, to win a negligent security case, you must prove negligence. In most cases, determining who is responsible for the incident is often determined by considering how foreseeable an event was and considering whether the incident itself was preventable. While mass shootings in public places are unusual and extreme examples, the threat of one is more common than ever before. As a result, the owner of a public venue may be required to have security on location because it is foreseeable that a violent act could be committed.
Other examples of negligent security cases might include incidents of assault or robbery on a property. If a property owner knows that their patrons are routinely assaulted and the owner takes no measures to prevent such assaults, it is possible the property owner may be sued for negligent security.
In most negligent security cases, it is necessary to consult with experts to determine if there were precautions that could be taken to prevent the incident from occurring. This could include hiring security guards, installing metal detectors, and putting up a light in a dark parking lot, among other precautions. It is important to note that something can only be deemed “preventable” if the precautions are reasonable. If the prevention methods would have placed an undue financial burden on the property owner they may not be able to be held liable in the court of law for the incident that occurred on their property.
What Damages Can I Receive?
In most personal injury cases, it is difficult to predict the damages that may be awarded. Negligent security cases are no different. In most personal injury cases, including negligent security cases, plaintiffs seek compensatory damages for the traumatic act committed and punitive damages to punish the third-party for their negligence. This can include damages for medical bills, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, future medical bills and other damages.
Why Should I Hire You For My Negligent Security Case?
At Rosenblum Law Offices, we have been helping victims of negligent security cases for over fifteen years. We have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of our injured clients. We understand that no two negligent and inadequate security cases are alike and we retain the top negligent security experts to assist in our investigation and prosecution of negligent security cases.
Our negligent security attorneys are ready to help you seek justice for suffering caused by another person’s negligence. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury because of a property owner, security company or another's negligence, call us today at (702) 433-2889 for a free consultation or fill out our on-line form for more information. We can help.