Premises liability cases may involve many different things, including inadequate security. Many people do not realize that security, or lack of it, is a common problem and is a serious issue. Property owners are legally bound to provide their guests with sufficient security.
This means, property owners must provide the appropriate security to keep their guests safe, including keeping them safe from external harm caused by outsiders. The different kinds of inadequate security are improper security, lack of security, and negligent security.
Compensation may be received for suffering an injury due to a lack of adequate security on someone’s property. This includes emotional stress, pain and suffering and medical bills that stem from injuries suffered.
Common places where inadequate security may occur:
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Campus housing
- Banks and ATM machines
- Parking ramps
- Private residences
A lawsuit may be filed for inadequate security if the property owner was aware of potential crime hazards and still did not provide sufficient security. The property owner also possibly knew about the lack of security, but opted to ignore a potential problem.
Issues that may lead to inadequate security include:
- Insufficient or lack of lighting
- Lack of background checks on employees
- Lack of security guards
- Poorly working locks on doors or windows
- Lack of security cameras
Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm with extensive experience representing individuals in personal injury lawsuits. Attorneys are available to answer any questions for individuals seeking information for a potential lawsuit.
Premises liability claims come about when a person is injured on another person or entity’s property. Slip-and-fall accidents, lack of repair, inadequate security, hazardous property conditions, are a few scenarios that are in this category. If a person stumbles and falls on a cracked sidewalk, parking lot, or there is some other hazard that caused the fall, the owner of the property is typically liable.
Open or Faulty Cellar Doors
These days, people prefer to secure their home by having access to their basement or cellar through the interior of the home, not the exterior. On occasion, after the cellar door access has moved inside, homeowners or landlords may remove the doors to the cellar or leave them open.
Open cellar doors are a potential hazard as people can fall in, and sustain serious injuries. Such a fall, especially if it is unexpected, can result in serious trauma or even death. Serious contusions, broken bones, or head or spinal injuries are a possibility. New York takes action to minimize the risk of cellar door or cellar grate injuries by regulating them.
Cellar doors and grates should be secure, sturdy, and flush with the nearby sidewalk or wall. Failure to comply with these rules may result in serious injuries for which the property owner is typically liable.
As someone visiting or living at a property, people have a reasonable expectation that the facilities will be safe. If the owner covered open cellar doors, and the opening is not easily visible, there is a likelihood that owners of the property will be liable for any injuries a person or child sustains.
There are, however, comparative liability or comparative negligence laws. If a person, or child, is doing something reckless, the courts may find the injured party partially responsible for the accident. Even with partial responsibility for an accident, the property owner would still be expected to cover some of the damages, at the discretion of the courts.
Sidewalks are maintained by the people who own the property abutting them, and are not maintained by the city. Sidewalk maintenance is critical to city safety and accessibility. If an injury is suffered due to broken, slanting, or poorly installed or maintained sidewalks, the city is not liable for any injuries. Owners may fail to clear snow and ice during winter months, which can result in serious injuries to those who attempt to use those sidewalks. It is the property owner who may be held liable for any injury or damages incurred.
In addition, people who are blind, on crutches, in a wheelchair, or with a cane are at significantly increased risk of injury in areas where sidewalks are poorly maintained. Everyone deserves to live in a city that is safe and navigable.
Information about Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, you may have valuable legal rights. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. We urge you to contact our personal injury attorneys at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).