Assaults on Property
There is no predicting when or where crime and violence will occur. It can happen almost anywhere. However, when a victim suffers a needless injury due to an attack on public or private property that could have been prevented if due care had been taken, the property owner could be liable.
The law imposes a responsibility on property owners to ensure that their property is safe for visitors and tenants. This duty extends to ensuring that there are adequate security measures on the property, especially when there is a history of violence on the property or in the area.
If you have been injured due to an assault on public or private property in Houston, the owners, managers, or agents in charge of the building could be liable to you. You may be entitled to file a lawsuit against them, claiming compensation for any injuries you suffered as a result. In fact, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the defendants even if you did not suffer a physical injury from the assault.
Property Owners and Managers Have a Responsibility to Keep Premises Reasonably Safe
Every person owes every other person a duty of care so that others are not injured by their actions or omissions. Property owners or managers who know or should know that there has been a previous occurrence of crime on their property should take reasonable steps to ensure that the crime is not repeated. If they fail to do so and any person is assaulted on their property, they can be held liable for their failure to provide adequate security.
Even if there has been no occurrence of crime or violence on their property, they can still be held liable if they fail to provide adequate security, knowing that the area is unsafe. Claims for negligent security may involve a wide range of legal issues and parties that can include:
- Premises liability claims
- Failure to provide adequate parking
- Failure to properly screen or supervise security personnel
- Lack of sports venue security
- Apartment complex security problems
- Substandard or non-existent security at concerts, festivals, and live events
- Failure to maintain effective locks, gates and doors
- Management company liability
- Negligent university or college campus security
- Negligent store security
- Inadequate ATM security
- Failure to maintain adequate lighting
- Assaults in stairwells, elevators, and other common areas
- Failure to maintain working security cameras or surveillance
Pursuing a Claim for Compensation: Speak to a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were assaulted or injured due to any of the mentioned security lapses, you may be able to pursue a civil action against the responsible party, or parties. You can obtain compensation for the assault itself or any injury you suffered as a result of the assault.
Due to the fact that many parties may be involved, it may be difficult to identify the most responsible parties. If you or a loved one has been assaulted in any of these circumstances, and you believe negligent security was a factor, you need to contact a lawyer. A lawyer can listen to your story and help you identify the most responsible parties so you know whom to hold liable. Speak to the Houston injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today.