You’ve probably heard horror stories of liquor store robberies that
take a turn for the worse, sexual assaults late in the night at donut
shops, violent robberies in dark parking lots, and of course, shootings
crimes of violence lead to what are called negligent security claims, which are a breed of
premises liability lawsuit. You see, property owners and possessors have a duty to keep their
grounds safe for visitors, customers, and vendors alike. If someone is
a victim of a violent crime while on a residential or commercial property,
they may be able to file a lawsuit on the grounds of negligent security.
Filing a Claim After a Crime of Violence
“In what instances can a negligent security claim be filed?”
one might ask. They can be filed when someone is attacked on someone else’s
property. Such properties include but are not limited to:
- Retail stores
- Super stores
- Hotels and motels
- Theme parks
- Liquor stores
- Convenient stores
- College dormitories
- Bars and nightclubs
To recap, negligent security claims can be filed against a residential
property owner or possessor, and it can be filed in the commercial setting.
In the past, they’ve been filed against bars and nightclubs for
violent assaults. They’ve been filed against superstores where attacks
and shootings have occurred in dark, poorly-lit parking lots. They’ve
also been filed against convenient stores in high-crime neighborhoods
where the store failed to hire a security guard, but should have.
Why Not Sue the Perpetrator?
Typically, it’s much easier to collect damages from the property
owner or possessor simply because they’re easy to locate and they
have insurance for these types of claims. Collecting from the perpetrator,
can be a much more difficult, if not impossible task, especially if he
or she has not been caught or they have no income or assets.
Need to file a premises liability lawsuit based on negligent security in
New Jersey? Contact our firm today
schedule a case evaluation.