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Compensation for Victims of Negligent Security Injuries

As the victim of injuries resulting from a crime that occurred due to negligent security, you are likely suffering from physical trauma, emotional suffering, costly medical bills, psychological counseling, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, or wrongful death of a loved one. Our Northern Virginia inadequate security lawyers promise to help find who is liable for your injuries. When we move forward with your negligent security case, we will make it our mission to fight for the compensation you deserve to begin to move forward with your life.

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Why Hire a Negligent Security Lawyer in Northern Virginia?

A negligent security lawyer in Northern Virginia can help prove who is responsible for any injuries you receive because of the lack of security on the property. They will show that if the property owner did have the proper security in place at the time of your accident, you would not have been injured.

The experienced attorneys at Regan Zambri Long understand that negligent security claims are built upon the following foundation:

  • As a guest, customer, or tenant of the premises where you were assaulted, the owners owed you a duty of care;
  • The injuries you suffered were directly caused by criminal activity that took place on those premises;
  • The possibility and likelihood of the criminal activity that occurred was foreseeable to the owners;
  • The injuries you suffered could have been made less likely or even prevented altogether by reasonable and appropriate security measures that the property owners failed to put in place.

Contact Regan Zambri Long today for a no-obligation, free consultation. Our Northern Virginia inadequate security lawyers are experienced in premises liability cases involving negligent security, and we are more than prepared to take on yours.

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What Is Inadequate Security in Northern Virginia?

Inadequate security, also often called negligent security, means that a property owner is responsible for any personal injury inflicted on a property guest because of lack of security. For example, if another customer attacks a bar patron and there are no staff members available to prevent the fight, the bar owner may be held responsible for inadequate security. In this example, the bar patron would not have been injured if there were security staff members present at the time of the incident.

According to premises liability law, businesses and property owners must ensure their premises are reasonably safe. This duty of care includes providing adequate security measures to prevent third parties from harming guests, customers, and tenants. Without these reasonable security measures, the risk of injuries from a criminal offense grows. Often, the injuries that are sustained as a result of negligent security are from violent crimes such as aggravated assault, armed robbery, or rape. As the victim of a crime on someone else’s property, you very well may have grounds for a negligent security claim, and you may be entitled to compensation. The key is to establish liability.

Common examples of inadequate security in Northern Virginia include:

  • Insufficient security policies and procedures in place;
  • Failure to appropriately control access to and from the property;
  • Hiring unqualified security guards who:
  • Fall asleep while working;
  • Show up to work intoxicated;
  • Leave their posts unattended;
  • Do not properly screen visitors;
  • Do not regularly and thoroughly monitor the areas on the premises they are assigned to;
  • Have a history of criminal activity;
  • Lack of security guards or inadequately staffed areas;
  • Missing or broken locks;
  • A lack of or deficient fences or gates;
  • Missing or broken lighting;
  • Lack of or broken surveillance cameras;
  • Absence of an alarm system or malfunctioning alarms;
  • Failure to increase security measures despite the knowledge of documented crime problems in the area.
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How Do Negligent Security Claims Work in Northern Virginia?

If a property or business owner does not take these reasonable steps to secure their business or property, and a crime occurs on their property, they are likely to be held liable for injuries sustained by any guests, customers, or tenants as a result of the crime; particularly if the crime could have been prevented with operational and adequate security. Without those things in place, we have ourselves a negligent security case.

What is Reasonable?

Reasonable is often a considerably subjective word. One person’s definition of “reasonable” can certainly differ from someone else’s. When we are talking about a property owner providing reasonable safety on their premises, we are often referring to a foreseeable crime being prevented due to the safety measures put into place.

What is Foreseeability?

In some ways, foreseeability is a lot like common sense. It’s the idea that someone else could logically anticipate the consequences resulting from one’s action. For example, it is safe to say that one can expect that driving under the influence of alcohol will likely lead to erratic driving and, quite possibly, an accident. Or, if a puddle of spilled liquid in a grocery store causes a slippery floor, most people would assume that someone is likely to fall if it is not cleaned up. The consequences of these negligent actions are probable or foreseeable.

Some examples of foreseeable crimes due to lack of security include:

  • In a neighborhood where there has been a series of sexual assaults, knowing that the security gate leading into their apartment complex is broken, the property owner fails to have the gate repaired. One evening, a tenant becomes a victim of sexual assault due to an intruder who entered the property through the broken gate. The property owner knew that there was an onslaught of sexual assaults in the area and knew that the security gate allegedly protecting the property was broken.
  • At a concert hall, there are two security guards staffed at each of the two entrances. At each gate, one of the guards checks guests’ bags, and the other guard scans guests with a metal detector wand. One night, during a concert at the venue, a mass shooting occurs, killing several people and injuring many more. Although the security seemed tight, the background checks on the guards were not properly executed. One of the guards had a history of violent crime, which, due to the negligent background check, went unseen. The shooter was that guard.
  • A daycare center on a well-traveled street keeps its door locked most of the day. Between 3 and 6 p.m., parents or guardians come in and out of the daycare center to pick up their children. Rather than the staff having to get up and down to let the parents in during those hours, they keep the door unlocked for their sheer convenience. It has been suggested many times for the daycare center to install a keypad lock with a code they can share with parents and guardians. They always say they will install it but never get around to it. One late afternoon, someone wanders in, swiftly grabs one of the children’s hands, and they’re out the door.
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How Can Business Owners Protect Their Property From Criminal Incidents?

Property owners can take many reasonable precautions to help prevent a criminal act from occurring on their premises. To keep their guests safe from injuries at the hands of a third party, some common measures property owners can take are:

How Can I Prove the Property Owner is Liable For My Injuries?

While property owners are legally required to keep their premises safe, they can not feasibly promise without a doubt that anyone’s safety is guaranteed. To prove that an owner should be held liable for unsafe conditions due to negligent security on their property, the danger must have been foreseeable.

Regan Zambri Long’s experienced Virginia negligent security attorneys will do the work to determine whether a property owner can be held liable for their failure to exercise ordinary care. They will gather evidence and speak with witnesses to learn about what happened at the time of the incident. They will also discuss with experts how the incident could have been prevented.

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

The property owners of the premises where your injuries occurred would be liable if it was established that the crime was a result of their inadequate security. Along with the property owners, the person or people responsible for the assault, of course, would be held accountable for the inflicted injuries.

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