Negligent & Inadequate Security Can Lead To Serious Harm: A Conversation With a Kentucky Lawyer
Under state and federal law, property owners have a responsibility to keep their property reasonably safe. Not only does this mean maintaining a property that is free of physical hazards, such as slippery surfaces or broken railings, but it also means maintaining a property that provides a reasonable amount of security to visitors.
If a property owner does not provide adequate safety and security, and if someone is injured as a result of that lack of security, the property owner is likely liable for any damages that stem from that injury – which could include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Gladstein Law Firm, we want you to know your rights under the law. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to negligent security, you may be entitled to file a premises liability claim and seek compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your possible case, to ask a question, or to speak with Kentucky premises liability attorney Seth Gladstein, please call us today at 800-991-0474.
Examples of Negligent Security Claims in Kentucky
Although inadequate security can be an issue on virtually any piece of privately owned property, it is more common in some places than others, including:
- Parking lots and parking garages.
- Hotel and motels.
- Amusement parks.
- Stadiums and sports arenas.
- Malls, stores, and shopping centers.
- Schools and colleges.
- Office buildings.
- Apartment buildings and condos.
- Elevators and stairwells.
- ATM kiosks.
- Nursing homes and health care facilities.
Negligent security itself can take on many forms, and depends heavily on the property and the property’s uses. Some examples of negligent security include:
- A lack of security guards or doormen.
- Improperly trained or improperly vetted security guards.
- A lack of security cameras.
- Security cameras that are not working or not monitored.
- A lack of proper lighting.
- A lack of fencing or other barriers.
- A lack of locks.
- A lack of metal detectors.
Generally, negligent security is any instance in which a property owner does not provide reasonable security for its guests. The definition of reasonable security differs widely, depending on the venue. A sporting venue may require hundreds of trained security guards, metal detectors, and checkpoints, while a parking garage may simply need to be well-lit with security cameras.
The Consequences of Inadequate Security
When a person is assaulted, robbed, or even murdered, the person directly responsible for the crime is obviously the assailant. However, even though the assailant should face criminal charges and serious consequences for what took place, other parties may share responsibility for the harm caused. For example, if a property owner doesn’t provide reasonable protection against criminals and crimes, he or she may be held liable for damages in a civil suit. While the assailant is the person who committed the crime and caused the harm, the property owner could have easily prevented the entire crime from happening, simply by putting a few security measures in place.
The most common crimes committed in negligent security cases are:
- Physical assault
- Sexual Assault
In many cases, property owners can take simple steps toward preventing these serious crimes: Putting locks on doors, installing security cameras, or making sure all areas are well lit. Properties without any obvious security are magnets for criminals who are looking for an easy way to victimize people.
Failure to Keep a Workplace Safe
In addition to the owners of stores and event centers, it is the duty of business owners to ensure that their workers are in a safe environment while on the job. Violence in the workplace costs companies billions of dollars each year, and approximately two million crimes take place in the workplace every year. Any time that an employee proves to be a threat to other employees, it is the employer’s responsibility to take measures to secure safety of the other workers. If the employer does not take such action, he or she can be held liable for civil damages due to negligent security. Speak with a Louisville personal injury lawyer about your case and concerns today.
Contact Gladstein Law Firm Today
When you or a loved one is injured due to the negligence of a property owner or operator, you may wish to speak to a Kentucky premises attorney about the details of your case. Seth Gladstein understands Kentucky negligent security laws and he will help you understand your rights, in order to get the compensation that you deserve. Your claim can be reviewed at no cost to you. To schedule an appointment, or to simply ask a question, call 502-855-4177 or 800-991-0474. You may also fill out our short contact form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.