An Inadequate Security Case is a type of premise liability case where the owner’s negligent conduct contributed to a person’s injuries. In Texas, inadequate security arises when an individual is harmed on someone else’s property due to a lack of proper security measures, such as proper lighting, fencing, or security personnel. The harm caused could be due to criminal activity such as assault, robbery, or other violent crimes.
One example, if a hotel owner fails to provide adequate security measures, such as key card access, security cameras, or sufficient lighting, and a guest is assaulted or robbed in their hotel room, the hotel owner could be held liable for the harm caused to the guest.
Another example is if an apartment complex owner is aware of crime on the property such as robberies, sexual assaults, or break-ins and they fail to warn tenants of the risks, they might have a chance to avoid the risks or take other precautions. The apartment complex may be held responsible to the injured party for any physical and emotional damage.
Another type of case Farrah typically sees is a person sexually assaulted or robbed and assaulted at gun point in a parking garage. Here, often garage owners or property management companies know there is criminal activity taking place on the property, but they fail to warn the individuals paying to park at the garage so that the business will continue to make money or companies fail to take certain reasonable steps to prevent the recurrence of this known criminal activity.
To establish an inadequate security case in Texas, the plaintiff must prove that the property owner had a duty to provide adequate security measures, the property owner breached that duty by failing to provide adequate security measures, and that breach caused the plaintiff’s harm.
WHY IS THE OWNER RESPONSIBLE?
The inadequate security measures are a dangerous condition or dangerous activity which poses an unreasonable risk to tenants or guests.
When companies fail to take any action to protect, secure or warn residents, consumers, or guests of the potential risk, then they may be held responsible. Oftentimes, these owners or management companies advertise to the community that the area is safe, a great place to visit, shop, live or park. These acts or misrepresentations prevent residents, consumers, or guests from having the opportunity to protect themselves by taking simple precautions to avoid the danger.
Farrah frequently represents women that are physically or sexually assaulted at various establishments. While everyone deserves to be protected, often these wrongs are committed against women. Farrah handles these cases with serious commitment and dedication knowing this could be anyone of us. It is important to bring change to our community and let business owners know that this is not something “we as a community” will accept or tolerate.
How We Handle Your Inadequate Security Case
We handle an inadequate security case on behalf of a plaintiff by gathering evidence to prove the defendant’s liability for the plaintiff’s injuries or damages. Our first steps are to conduct an investigation of the premises to assess the security measures in place at the time of the incident, interview witnesses, and review any available surveillance footage.
We may also consult with security experts and medical professionals to determine the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and the long-term impact on your quality of life. Based on the evidence collected, we may negotiate a settlement with the defendant or proceed to trial to seek compensation for the plaintiff’s damages, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.