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What Evidence Do I Need to Prove My Negligent Security Case?

Negligence is something that leads to many injuries each year. Whether the negligence is through the act of another individual, business, or property owner, it’s safe to say that it should never be tolerated. Landlords and business owners are responsible for providing adequate security on their property.

When you visit a bar, restaurant, hotel, gas station, or any other establishment, you expect to be safe. You are under the impression that there are security measures in place to protect your safety. But what happens when you are seriously injured at one of these places due to the negligence of others?

Depending on the details of the event, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries on behalf of the business or landlord, for their negligence to provide proper security.

If the premise has known dangers such as:

  • Theft

  • Mugging

  • Assault

  • Sexual abuse

The owner may be held liable for negligence, due to them knowing the area is unsafe and refusing to prevent these harms from happening.

What Do I Need to Prove Negligent Security?

In order for a negligent security case to be proven, there are several questions that must be answered:

Was the Crime Foreseeable?

This is one of the most important things to prove in a negligent security claim. The victim must prove that the crime was foreseeable, which means that the business owner or landlord knew about, or had reason to know that a criminal risk existed. This is known as establishing “constructive knowledge.”

Foreseeability of a crime is based on the judgment of a “reasonable individual.” This means, if a reasonable individual is able to see that there was a risk of criminal activity, the business owner should have been able to as well. On the other side of the spectrum, if a reasonable individual is unable to forecast criminal risks happening at the location, the business or landlord may have adequate security measures in place—meaning there is no negligent security case at hand.

Was The Owner’s Duty of Care Breached?

Business owners and landlords have a duty of care to properly maintain their property while keeping the premises secure from criminal activity. If this duty of care is broken, the owner may be held liable for any incidents that take place on the property.

While business owners and landlords often know what threats exist on their property, they don’t always put the proper security measures in place to prevent them. Whether it is to maximize profits or an act of laziness, business owners all too often don’t put the correct security measures in place, leaving their patrons unsafe from those who prey on unsuspecting victims.

What The Abrego Law Firm Can Do for You

While proving negligent security is often a challenge for those going in alone, hiring an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney will help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team at The Abrego Law Firm has many years fighting for our clients to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.

Call (404) 334-3324 today to schedule your free consultation. We would love to hear your story and see how we can help.