Tempe Negligent Security Lawyer
Crime is an unfortunate reality that can happen anywhere at any time. When a criminal act leads to a serious injury or violent loss of life, the person who attacked or harmed the victim could be held responsible. However, if a company or property owner was negligent in providing adequate security conditions on that property, they could be held liable for the damages from any resulting injuries.
The Tempe negligent security lawyers at Phillips Law Group have been representing and protecting the legal rights of injury victims in Arizona over the past 27 years. During that time, we have recovered millions in compensation on behalf of our clients, including a $1,000,000 settlement for a client who became paralyzed after sustaining a broken neck and collarbone injury in a premises liability case.
We offer a completely free initial consultation to review the specifics of your claim and answer any questions you may have about the legal process. This consultation does not obligate you to hire us, and if we do represent you, there are no upfront legal fees. You only pay us if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
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Am I Eligible to File a Negligent Security Case?
To be eligible to file a negligent security claim and pursue compensation for your damages, you must have had legal permission to be on the property at the time you were injured. Trespassers injured on a property without the permission to enter generally do not have the ability to pursue compensation.
There are also certain elements you must be able to prove to establish a property owner or company’s liability. These four elements of negligence are:
Duty of Care
You must prove the property owner or company owed you a legal duty of care to maintain a safe premise with adequate security and that a reasonable person in the same situation would have taken additional steps to help ensure visitors entering the property were not put in a dangerous situation.
Breached Duty of Care
The property owner or company breached their duty of reasonable care to provide sufficient security on the property, such as failing to install a security camera or not properly lighting a dark parking area.
You must establish a direct link between the property owner’s negligence and the injuries you sustained. For example, if you were attacked in a dimly lit parking lot, the property owner’s failure to install more lighting led to the attack that caused your injuries.
In the final element, you must show that because of your injuries, you suffered damages, which could include lost wages from not being able to work, medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries.
If a property owner or company knew or should have reasonably known that there was inadequate security on his or her property but failed to take steps to fix it, he or she may be held liable for the injuries you sustained. Contact one of our experienced Tempe negligent security attorneys today. We can review your situation and determine the legal options that may be available to you.
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What is My Case Worth?
The value of a case is determined by many different factors, including the extent of your injuries, the amount of time missed from work, whether you will be able to return to work at some point and more.
To give you an accurate value of your potential claim, one of our knowledgeable attorneys will need to review the specifics of the incident that caused your injuries, including the police report, your medical records and statements from any reliable witnesses.
What is Negligent Security?
Negligent security falls under premises liability, but it is an area that deals only with crime that has happened on public or private property, such as a personal attack, sexual assault or robbery.
In these types of crimes, we investigate to determine whether the property owner increased the risk of a criminal act by not taking reasonable steps to implement security and safety measures. If an investigation reveals that a failure to provide adequate safety measures could have prevented a crime, then the injured victim may be eligible to pursue a negligent security claim against the property owner.
Commonly seen examples of negligent security include:
- Lack of security staff on-site
- Poorly trained security guards
- Open gates or locks with easy access
- Broken locks
- Broken or fake security cameras
- Dimly lit interior or exterior areas
- Inadequate criminal background checks of staff
- Failure to provide other reasonable security monitoring
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What is Considered Adequate Security?
Determining what measures are needed to provide adequate security is largely dependent on the type of property and where it is located. A company that is in a high crime area will need more layers of security than one in a safer, residential area. Some security measures that can improve the safety of a property include the following:
- Using locks on windows and doors to help prevent break-ins
- Installing a security camera to monitor and report suspicious activity
- Employing an adequate number of trained security guards for the size and location of the property
- Strong gated entrances that require key cards and close automatically behind each vehicle
- Providing bright lighting in dark areas, inside and out, to help protect visitors
Negligent security cases are complicated, and the best outcomes require an experienced attorney who knows how to investigate and gather evidence to build a strong case. Having a licensed Tempe negligent security lawyer on your side to protect your best interests can allow you to focus on recovery.
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Negligent Security Cases We Handle
Our legal team at Phillips Law Group handles many types of negligent security cases. This includes, but is not limited to a criminal attack or assault occurring on the following types of properties:
- Shopping areas
- Grocery stores
- Retail shops
- Hotels, motels and Airbnb’s
- Customer parking lots
- Office buildings
- Local schools and college campuses
- Apartment complexes
- Hospitals and doctor’s office areas
- Bus or train stations
- Bars and nightclubs
If you or a loved one were injured because a property owner or company failed to provide adequate security, you may be eligible to pursue damages for your injuries.
Arizona Revised Statutes §12-542 requires that you file a claim generally within two years after you were injured in an attack. This may seem like a long time, but if you wait until the last minute and miss the deadline, the court will likely reject your case and you may lose the opportunity to recover damages.
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How May I Benefit from Hiring a Negligent Security Lawyer?
Negligent security cases are confusing to navigate without a lawyer by your side. Our knowledgeable Tempe negligent security lawyers are well-versed in Arizona law, and we have the necessary resources to investigate and build a strong case on your behalf.
These are some of the actions a negligent security lawyer will take on your behalf:
- Conducting a thorough investigation
- Gathering evidence, including photographs of the crime scene, police reports and medical bills
- Examining existing security measures to determine whether it was adequate for the property
- Interviewing employees, including security guards
- Researching public records to learn about current crime statistics in the area
If no settlement can be reached and your case goes to trial, our firm will work hard to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you need.
Contact Phillips Law Group to Get Started Today
Company or property owners are legally responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent criminal acts from occurring on their property. Criminals do not want to get caught, so by implementing increased security measures, a physical attack may be preventable.
We recommend hiring a Tempe negligent security lawyer to handle your potential claim. At Phillips Law Group, our legal team has decades of experience handling these types of cases. We are dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable and pursuing justice for you and your family.
We provide free consultations and accept cases on contingency. This means you do not pay us anything upfront and there are no legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Call 1-800-706-3000 today to get the legal process started.