Glendale Negligent Security Attorney
When you go to a store or other business, you expect to be safe from harm and criminal activity. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe premises, including keeping their property safe from crime. However, when they do not uphold this responsibility, and people get hurt, property owners may be liable for damages.
If you have a case, our firm is prepared to help you pursue compensation. For more than 27 years, founder Jeff Phillips and the associates of Phillips Law group have helped more than 155,000 individuals recover verdicts and settlements to cover their damages. We have obtained more than $750 million in compensation, including a $1,000,000 recovery for a client who suffered a broken neck in a premises liability case.
If you have been injured due to negligent security, contacting a lawyer is an important step in your recovery process. Insurance companies and at-fault parties will try to avoid liability and a qualified attorney can help level the playing field. Our firm can be reached 24/7.
The consultation is 100 percent free and there is no obligation to take legal action. We do not get paid for representing you unless you receive compensation.
What Is Negligent Security?
Property owners have a legal duty to keep customers, residents and others on the premises safe. This includes protecting them from potential criminal activity. When property owners are lax with their security measures and an innocent person is harmed as a result, the property owners may be liable for the injuries.
There are many possible examples of negligent security, such as:
- Not having security cameras
- Failing to monitor security cameras
- Failing to provide adequate interior and exterior lighting
- Not having security guards
- Leaving windows and doors unlocked
- Not installing gated entrances and limiting access to a property
Property owners are also expected to respond in a timely manner to security threats. For example, if the property was recently burglarized or if there was a crime hike in the area, the property owner may need to implement additional security measures.
Do I Have a Case for Negligent Security?
These kinds of cases are often filed by victims of crimes, which could include:
- Guests at hotels
- Customers/shoppers at retail stores
- People vacationing on a cruise ship
Anyone who was not a trespasser at the time they were injured may be able to file a claim.
However, before you can pursue compensation, you need to determine if you have a case. This is very complicated because of all the issues involved. Our Glendale negligent security lawyers know how to determine if the four elements of negligence may have been present, including:
Duty of Care
You must be able to prove that the property owner owed you some type of duty of care. For example, the property owner had a legal duty to keep the property safe and to provide adequate security. This could be because you have a contract with the property owner that states this requirement or because a reasonable property owner would have upheld this duty to protect customers and visitors from suffering an injury on the property. You must also be able to show that you had a legal right to be on the property at the time of your injury that made this duty apply.
Violation of the Duty of Care
Next, you must be able to prove that the property owner breached the duty of care by failing to exercise reasonable care. For example, the property owner may have breached the duty to maintain a safe premises by:
- Not locking windows or doors
- Not hiring a security guard
- Not installing security cameras
- Not fixing lighting problems on site
There must be a connection between the violation of the duty of care and the injuries you suffered. You must be able to prove this connection. For example, if you can show that you would not have been robbed in the parking lot if it was properly lit, you may have the basis for a negligent security claim.
Lastly, you must be able to show that you have suffered some type of harm. For example, being robbed at a convenience store may have resulted in your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages while you recovered
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and mental suffering
Our dedicated Glendale negligent security lawyers can explain more about these issues in a free consultation. We can determine if you may have a case and you can decide if you want to move forward.
Why You Should Consider Hiring a Lawyer
One thing you need to know about an injury claim is that the other side will be actively working against you. If an insurance company is involved, it will try to deny the claim or settle for the lowest amount of money possible.
Insurance companies even contact victims when they are at their most vulnerable to try to get them to provide a statement. Insurers want to use this information to limit the damages they have to pay out, or to use something you say against you to deny your claim.
This is why it is so important to be represented by a licensed Glendale negligent security lawyer who can deal with the insurance company and protect your best interests. We know how to protect a claim when insurance companies are looking for a way to discredit the victim.
Our attorneys can also do a detailed investigation of the accident to determine what happened, the property owner’s liability, and the value of your damage. There are several factors we may consider in our investigation, including:
- Lighting in the place where you were hurt
- Existence of surveillance cameras or other surveillance systems
- Locks on doors, or lack of locks
- Crime rate in the area/recent spikes in crimes
- Visibility of panic buttons
- Security guards and their training
We can try to collect video of the incident, which can be powerful evidence in a claim or lawsuit. We can also work with industry experts and reconstruction technology if necessary.
There are no upfront fees for hiring our firm.
What Is My Negligent Security Case Worth?
Every case is different, so it is difficult to estimate a particular value without knowing the specifics of your case. Your case value largely depends on the damages that you have suffered and your ability to prove them.
If you have questions about the potential value of your claim, our experienced Glendale negligent security lawyers can discuss this in a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages from missed time at work, pain and suffering, and potentially other damages.
What if the At-Fault Party is Uninsured?
One of the difficulties with negligent security cases is that insurance companies have been reducing their coverage for battery and assault incidents.
However, even if you think the property owner lacks insurance, you should still contact an attorney to discuss your situation. Sometimes there may be other at-fault parties besides the property owner.
For instance, you may have been injured in a location not controlled by the property owner. If you were injured in an assault outside of a bar, you may have been in a public area, like a parking lot. If this bar had a history of public disturbances, you may have a claim against the government entity in control of that public area.
These situations are complicated, and we will not know if you may have a case until we meet with you in a free consultation. There are no upfront fees if we represent you.
Call a Glendale negligent security lawyer today at 1-800-706-3000.
Types of Negligent Security Cases
Our personal injury firm handles a variety of negligent security cases. We may be able to provide legal advice and representation to residents of Glendale, Arizona who were assaulted or harmed at another person’s property, such as:
- Shopping center
- Retail store
- Office building
- Apartment building
- Bus station
- Train station
- Parking garage
Negligent security victims may suffer from a variety of serious injuries, including the following:
- Gunshot wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Restraint injuries, including bruises and lacerations
- Sexual assault injuries
- Anxiety and emotional injuries
If you believe someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer an injury, our licensed Glendale negligent security lawyers are here to assist you with pursuing compensation against the negligent property owner. Contact us today so we can find out if you may have a legitimate claim.
Deadline for Filing a Negligent Security Claim
According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 12-542, you have just two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit based on negligent security.
While two years may seem like a long time, it is important to start the claims process as soon as possible. This time can quickly go by before you know it, and in some cases, you may have less time to file a claim, such as if a governmental entity is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
If you miss the deadlines that apply to your claim, the court will probably dismiss your case and bar you from recovering compensation through a lawsuit.
This is why it is so important to seek qualified legal assistance as soon as possible. Our Glendale negligent security lawyers can determine the deadlines that may apply to your claim, and if you have a case, we are ready to get started on it.
Contact Our Glendale Negligent Security Lawyers Today
If you were harmed on someone else’s property due to negligent security, our compassionate Glendale negligent security lawyers may be able to help. After a traumatizing event like a criminal assault, having an advocate who is actively protecting your rights is an important part of the recovery process.
Phillips Law Group has been pursuing fair compensation for injury victims for nearly 30 years and has represented more than 155,000 clients.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today to review your claim and explain your legal options. Our main office in Phoenix is located near Grand Canyon University. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you are charged nothing upfront and there are no attorney’s fees unless we help you recover compensation for your claim.
We are ready to assist you. Call 1-800-706-3000.