Negligent Security – One Size Does Not Fit All

There is no set definition for what can be considered “adequate” or “inadequate.”  A business owner must interpret the risk and take measures to keep their patrons safe. Sometimes it is as simple as adding extra locks, while other times having on-site security guards and video monitoring are required. No matter what, property owners are required to maintain a safe environment for anyone they allow on their property. When considering Negligent Security claims, it is good to keep in mind that what may be reasonable or adequate security for one business does not necessarily make it reasonable or adequate for another.

There are many items to take into consideration:

1 What is the size of the establishment? Perhaps a bigger location requires more precaution. More lights? More staff? Security guard patrolling the premises?

2 What is the trend for the business? Are they known for having fights regularly? Are they in a violent neighborhood?

3 What is the process to cut off a drunken customer? What reports by the management have been filed in the past?

4 Are security cameras in place?

5 Are entries secured?

Anyone filing a negligent security claim must prove several essential elements:

  • There was a dangerous condition on the property or a danger was foreseeable (ie a history of crime on or near the premises)
  • The owner knew or should have known about it
  • The owner failed to provide adequate security measures
  • You were injured because of that failure.

We review and analyze each and every negligent security case we take on. To show that the owner or manager was negligent, we often use case study examples to demonstrate what reasonable measures similar businesses have taken, and to demonstrate how inaction led to the criminal activity that injured innocent people.

If you have questions about this or any other personal injury matter, feel free to call us at 813-849-2679.

At the Baird Law Group, we take your case personally.