Negligent Security Claims
There are safety standards established by negligent security law to protect individuals against unreasonable risk of harm. Personal injury as a result of negligent security falls under the liability of the landowner. A landowner must exercise reasonable care to protect against criminal conduct.
The duty of “reasonable foreseeability” of a landowner is applicable to:
A Connecticut negligent security attorney can investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries and hold the negligent party accountable for your suffering.
How Is Negligent Security Different from Premises Liability?
Negligent security claims can fall under the scope of premises liability due to a property owner’s obligation to ensure reasonable safety to all invited visitors. Depending on the nature of the case, elements of both negligent security and premises liability could be present.
The laws surrounding negligent security are complex. Negligent security is not limited only to public property and the general responsibility of landowners. This type of law extends to liability regarding safety equipment installed, hiring of employees for a business or matters regarding landlord/tenant agreements.
A violation in security can lead to injuries, attacks and other criminal activity that could have otherwise been prevented if proper safety protocols were in place.
Examples of Negligent Security Issues
Claims of negligent security typically come from injuries occurring on another person’s property. Cases can be particularly strong when there is a documented history of criminal activity or safety issues at the location, such as a bar known for violent activity.
Property owners face a variety of security issues such as:
- Inadequate lighting
- Overgrown landscaping
- Poorly trained security
- Deferred maintenance
When there is negligence regarding security measures, there is opportunity for increased criminal activity. Places where individuals normally feel a sense of security, like in their homes or on college campuses, may still be subject to negligent security due to faulty alarms or locks, as well as a lack of security personnel.
An employer may not always be responsible for a crime committed by an employee, but it may have to answer to questions about negligent hiring. When a court assesses this type of claim, there needs to be evidence that an employer exercised reasonable care when hiring an employee for particular duties.
Background checks of prospective employees should include:
- A criminal background check by the state department of law enforcement
- A reasonable effort to contact former employers and listed references
- Completion of job application form that includes questions about prior convictions and details regarding the crime
- An interview with the prospective employee
Contact the Flood Law Firm for Your Claim
If you have been harmed as a result of negligent security, contact an experienced attorney who is familiar with handling these types of cases. Too often individuals are made to feel safe when, in fact, there is a false sense of security in commonly visited areas.
You should be protected. Protecting clients is an attorney’s job. We want to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact our negligent security attorneys today for a free consultation. There is no obligation.