There is basis for negligent security claims arise when a person is injured or becomes the victim of a crime on someone else’s property. In such instances, premises liability law in Louisiana will come into play. Public places such as malls, parking garages, shopping centers, movie theaters, apartment complexes, ATMs, restaurants, and hotels are expected to adhere to certain standards of security to ensure the protection of their customers. Assaults, muggings, and many other crimes can take place in the absence of adequate security at such places.
If you have been hurt due to negligent security, you can consider pursuing legal options by consulting a personal injury lawyer in Louisiana. Property owners must take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those who live or visit the premises. By failing to do so they are laying themselves open to a lawsuit.
Some of the frequent negligent security claims are for injuries, assaults, robberies, and murders caused by lack of adequate lighting, poor surveillance, or elevator and stairwell attacks. Claims for incidents of workplace violence, terrorist attacks, identity theft, and cyber crimes are also fast increasing in number. Injuries that occur during these attacks can often be grievous and even fatal as involvement of weapons is also a strong possibility.
Negligent security crimes can occur at any time but night gives unsavory characters the perfect cover for their activities. Bars, colleges, university campuses, deserted parking lots, and ATMs are the favorite haunts of criminals at night. Avoid being alone at these places and get a friend to go with you or wait until a group of people comes along and are within shouting distance. When parking your car, try and leave it under a light and as near to the entrance of the mall or the building elevator. ATM assaults are usually for money, so your safest bet is to do as the attacker says and hand over cash without trying to resist. College and university campuses are also a favored spot for miscreants. Going in groups, being aware of your surroundings at all times, not getting intimate with someone you don’t know really well, and keeping doors and windows locked are good safety precautions.
Victims of negligent security accidents or crimes can suffer physical injuries as well as significant emotional trauma. The mental anguish may be harder to handle than the physical pain. If you have been injured in such a manner, then you are entitled to seek compensation from the individual or organization which owns the premises. You will need an experienced attorney to prove that a dangerous condition existed on the property and the owner or responsible person failed to adopt the necessary safety precautions. The law can hold them responsible for not being able to reasonably anticipate such criminal attacks given the circumstances. A victim of such an accident or crime can claim compensation for medical expenses, costs of rehabilitation, loss of income, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages in some instances.
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