Negligent Security and Premises Liability Attorneys in Chino Hills
Los Angeles Area Negligent Security Lawyers Representing Victims of Assault
When you go out for a night on the town to a club, bar, or restaurant, the last thing you expect is to be injured, mugged, or assaulted. Unfortunately, patrons of local nightclubs, bars, and restaurants are often injured when these establishments fail to provide adequate security.
From Bar Fights to Muggings to Sexual Assault to Aggressive Bouncers
If you have been injured because of lack of security, it is important to speak to a premises liability attorney who understands negligent security cases.
Attorney Eric Paris of The Paris Firm is experienced in representing people who were injured at clubs, bars, tap rooms, restaurants, music venues, and other establishments. Our legal team has won financial compensation for personal injury clients who were assaulted in bar fights, mugged, or sexually assaulted because the property owners did not provide adequate security.
Injuries from negligent security can range from sprains, strains, and bruises to traumatic brain injury, lacerations, gunshot wounds, and sexual assault. In addition, victims of assault may suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological syndromes after the assault.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security can take many forms, including:
- Lack of adequate security personnel
- Incompetent or inadequately trained security personnel
- Lack of proper lighting
- Lack of security cameras
- Inadequate security patrols
- Failure to protect against foreseeable harm
- Lack of security alarms
- Overzealous security guards or bouncers
- Lack of proper locks on windows and doors
Failure to Protect Against Criminal Acts
According to California law, property owners are negligent if they failed to take reasonable steps to secure their property against foreseeable criminal acts by third parties. If there has been a history of assaults, muggings, or bar fights in the establishment or the surrounding area, property owners may be obligated to provide enhanced security. The threat of criminal activity in these cases could be considered foreseeable.
Each case is different and must be evaluated individually. Negligent security cases are not easy to win. Success requires an in-depth understanding of California premises liability law, a knowledge of how to build a case, and the resources to achieve the best possible results.
The Paris Firm has a history of achieving great verdicts and settlements for clients in negligent security claims. If you or a member of your family was assaulted, mugged, or otherwise injured in a bar, restaurant, or night club, please call (909) 469-5127 or contact us online.
Negligent Security claims
If you have been injured in a criminal attack or assault on someone else’s property or at work, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and more from the property or business owner or the entity in control of the property. Property and business owners have a duty to provide adequate protection from criminal attacks. Although you may have a good personal injury case against the person who attacked you, your chances of actually collecting the money are much better when you pursue a negligent security lawsuit.
Types of Properties Where Negligent Security May Apply
The type of property where your assault occur makes a difference in whether or not you have a case and if so, how strong your case is. The state or jurisdiction where the attack occurred also makes a difference, as premises liability laws vary across the country. In general, you may be able to sue for your injuries of you were attacked on one of the following types of properties:
- Hotel or motel
- Bar or night club
- Movie theater
- Bank or ATM
- Convenience store or gas station
- Parking lot or parking garage
- Amusement or theme park
- School or university
- Nursing home
- Office building
- Retail store
- Shopping mall
- Government building
- Apartment or condominium complex
- RV park
- Day care center
- Sports or event stadium
- Public park
- Concert hall
Foreseeability is a key element in negligent security cases. The level and type of security that a property or business owner has a duty to provide is directly related to likelihood that a crime would occur on the property. Many factors play a role in foreseeability.
Certain types of businesses are automatically considered high risk and have specific standard security measures that should be in place even if they are in a low-crime area and have no history of criminal attacks at the location. ATM’s, banks, hotels, and motels fall into this category.
Other factors that support foreseeability include:
- Located in a high crime area
- A recent up-tick of crime in the area
- A history of criminal activity on the property, even if it is recent
- Knowledge of a specific risk factor such as a disgruntled worker or customer, or a possible domestic violence situation involving an employee
- Direct threats
Getting Help for Negligent Security Injuries
An experienced premises liability attorney can help you prove that there was a duty to prevent or try harder to prevent the assault that caused your injuries. However, you need to act quickly to protect your legal rights and to preserve vital evidence in your case. Please call The Paris Firm at (909) 469-5127 or contact us online.
A lawyer from our firm will speak with you about your case. Our law firm also represent clients who were injured in apartment buildings, hotels, parking lots and garages, sporting event locations, malls, ATMs, and other locations due to inadequate security.
From our offices in Chino Hills, we represent clients injured by negligent security throughout all of southern California including Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Orange County.