Can Poor Security Be Cause for Personal Injury Claims in Arizona?Arizona Legal News
Violent crime isn’t just unique to Arizona, it happens every day all across our country. Sometimes a violent crime will occur due to a failure in security on a commercial property. The property managers, owners or security firms are responsible to ensure that anyone on their premises is kept safe from harm. When property owners fall short on having the appropriate security systems in place and a person on their property is hurt as a result, the victim has legal rights that need to be protected. The victim may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) reported that in 2018:
- One murder every 27 hours and one minute
- One rape every two hours and 44 minutes
- One robbery every one hour and 21 minutes
- One aggravated assault every 28 minutes and 34 seconds
- One human trafficking incident every 166 hours and 39 minutes
- One violent crime every 18 minutes and 30 seconds
Hotels, stores, malls, apartments, and restaurants are most commonly cited for inadequate security which results in victimization. For instance, if your condo has cheap, weak locks on your windows and an intruder break into your home and attacks you, the building management company can be held accountable for your damages. Or if someone comes from off the streets and into your condo building and assaults you or tries to kidnap your child, there is the argument that the proper security was not in place and as a result, you and your loved ones were left in danger.
What Is The Legal Responsibility Of Property Owners To Keep The Public From Harm?
The first thing that property owners must do is ensure that their premises are clear of any hazards which pose a threat to the public. This includes everything from maintaining the property to keeping it clean, or ensuring there are highly visible signs about obstacles and dangers. Poor security is another factor that can lead to injuries and damages to the public and it is expected that property management has reasonable security measures in place. These would include:
- Trained security professionals that regularly patrol the grounds or are present when expected guests arrive.
- Proper lighting increasing visibility.
- Video monitoring and security systems in place and running.
- Quality locks and secure hardware.
When someone is injured due to inefficient and lacking security systems on a property, there is the potential to hold the companies managing or owning the property responsible.
What Should You Do If You Were Injured On A Property That Lacked Security?
After you have sought treatment and medical examination of your injuries you should speak with a qualified Arizona serious injury attorney about your accident experience. The bilingual Phoenix premises liability attorneys at ELG provide the best legal representation available. We specialize in personal injury law and we know how to build strong cases on behalf of our clients.
We will fight aggressively on your behalf so that you can obtain the most compensation for your damages when the negligence of another party caused you harm. Call the lawyers at ELG at today 623-562-3838 to set up a free consultation at either of our locations in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona.