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It is sometimes easy to take our safety for granted when going about our daily tasks. Negligent security can create a dangerous situation where criminal activities are allowed to take place in otherwise safe circumstances. If the negligent security or poor security measures taken by a commercial or residential owner has led to an injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your negligent security injuries through a premises liability claim.

At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have over 50 years of experience recovering compensation for clients injured by the poor or negligent security of businesses and homes in towns throughout New Jersey. We will discuss your unique case, determine who is liable for your injuries, and help you to reach a successful settlement or verdict.

Call our office today to discuss your unique needs and concerns with a Bloomfield negligent security lawyer.

What Constitutes Negligent Security in New Jersey?

At it’s core, negligent security refers to a failure to provide a safe environment for others. This can range from a commercial owner providing inadequate lighting in a parking structure to a lack of lifeguards at a private pool.

Beyond this very basic definition, what needs to be shown in order for a negligent security injury claim to be successful?

  • Was the danger foreseeable? In order to be negligent security, the danger must have been reasonably known to the liable party. An example may be prior, similar injurious crimes in the same location such as several customers being robbed in a parking garage. A history of police involvement at the location may be taken into account as well
  • Was there adequate security? This will be determined on a case by case basis, but some factors include number of on duty security guards, security hardware including working locks, and sufficient lighting. Discuss the specifics of your case with your Bloomfield attorney to find out if the dangerous situation leading to your injury could fall into the category of inadequate security
  • Was there an action taken or not taken which directly led to the personal injury? If a property owner hires a security guard to monitor an area, that owner has attempted to provide security for the location. However, there are several scenarios that may still lead to a negligent security claim. For example, if the security guard is overly aggressive and/or violent which leads to an injury, that still falls under negligent security statutes

Negligent security cases can be difficult to prove as the evidence can sometimes rely on limited testimony. If you have sustained an injury as a result of negligent security, it is recommended to see a medical professional as soon as possible. This will not only benefit you from a personal health standpoint, but may prove vital in showing that your physical injuries were the direct result of the crime of which you were the victim.

Finding Fault in Insufficient Security Injury Claims

The key to finding a property owner liable in a negligent security claim is proving that the owner was aware of a dangerous, pre-existing situation and failed to take sufficient action. It is also important to show that the victim was acting lawfully at the time of the crime – meaning they legally entitled to be at the location and were not participating in any criminal activity.

The owner will likely contend that the criminal(s) should be the sole person or persons held liable for your injuries. While the assailant is certainly primarily responsible for your injuries, property owners are required by New Jersey law to provide a safe environment for their guests. If safe conditions were not provided by the owners, the property owners are liable. That includes unsafe conditions and the actions of a third party.

Knowing these things to be true, and proving them in a court of law, are quite different. However, if you believe the criteria in the above to be true in your case, speak with an experienced Bloomfield attorney about filing a negligent security claim in order to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

Contact our Bloomfield Negligent Security Attorneys Today

At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we believe in providing personal and collaborative legal service to all of our clients. The more informed and involved you are in your case, the better we can secure you the compensation you and your family are owed.

Call our firm today to speak with a qualified Bloomfield negligent security lawyer.