If you have been injured while on a business’s property, you may have a case against the company or business owner for not maintaining a safe premise. Examples may include the business not having adequate lighting, security cameras, or security guards patrolling the business to make sure it is safe. Owners of buildings and businesses have a duty to make sure that they keep their customers safe from dangerous conditions and dangerous people who may pose a risk of harm.
Recently, The Jackman Law Firm litigated a case against a mall for not employing enough security guards after a client was stabbed by a patron after a fight broke out in the mall. Other examples include fights and shootings that occur at restaurants and bars. Every business owner, regardless of the type, has a duty to make sure their property is safe. Another example regarding negligent security came when a man was shot and paralyzed while eating at a Denny’s in Seattle.
This particular Denny’s had a history of rowdy behavior and assaults occurring, in particular late at night after local bars had closed for the evening. As had happened on many other occasions, a nearby bar closed, some of the patrons from the bar went to Denny’s, a fight broke out, bullets from a gun were fired, one of which struck an innocent Denny’s patron. The attorney for the paralyzed Denny’s man was able to show that Denny’s should have taken additional action or measures to make sure their restaurant was safe and they did not do that, thus breaching the duty they had to patrons.
Businesses, as you can see, have a duty to make sure their premises is not likely to have people on their property who pose a danger or risk to their customer and protect the customer from harm they reasonably could have known about.
In many cases the problem arises from the particular business’ unwillingness to simply spend the appropriate amount of money to hire the necessary number of security guards or purchase the necessary security equipment, such as cameras, to make their business or premises safe.Washington State Laws Regarding Negligent Security
Legally, land owners and business owners have a duty to make sure their premises are safe from known dangers. Further, if they reasonably could have known that their premises would be dangerous, then they have a duty to make sure that the premises are safe.
This means, again, that they may have to go out and spend money to hire the proper security personal to make sure their premises are safe. In order to prevail on a negligent security case, you must show the landowner had a duty to keep their property safe, they breached their duty in some way to you, and that you were injured because of the breach in that duty.
This may or may not be easy to do in a negligent security case. You may have to do a great deal of work, if you do not hire a lawyer, to prove that not enough security was present. In many cases, this will include hiring the right expert or experts to prove your case. The right expert on a case can make or break it. There are experts across the nation who are experienced in identifying how businesses can make their premises safe.Common Negligent Security Injuries
If you have been injured on a business’ property that was not kept safe, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ injuries from stabbings or shootings
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured on someone’s property or at their business, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because someone came to a restaurant and intended to shoot someone but instead the bullet struck you, the insurance company for the business may argue that the shooter should be the one you sue, not the restaurant. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.