Premises Liability

Insufficient Security / Premises Liability

It is the duty of the owner of a property to assure the safety and security of their patrons or guests. Under Louisiana law, a landowner has an obligation to inspect their premises. If they find hidden dangers, an owner should warn of, or remedy them. The landowner is liable if a visitor becomes injured because of a hazard. This is premises liability.

 

Premises Liability

There are many different types of premises liability cases. They can include:

  • Slip and fall cases
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Inadequate maintenance of the property
  • Fires
  • Toxic fumes or chemicals
  • Water leaks and flooding

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Insufficient Security

Negligent or insufficient security is a type of premises liability. This is when a landlord or business owner fails in their duty to protect tenants or guests. Mostly from foreseeable criminal acts committed on their premises, like assault or robbery.
The party responsible for a property where a crime occurs can be liable for damages sustained by the victim. Medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering can is recoverable. But, compensation is only valid if negligence is proved. Victims often suffer psychological damage. Sometimes more serious than physical injuries. This is pain and suffering. Property owners must be liable if they were negligent. Especially in providing adequate security which could have prevented a crime.

Sources: LSU Law Center

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There are some types of areas more likely to be in third-party lawsuits. These were apartment units, parking areas, and hotel rooms. The most frequent crimes were rape and sexual assault. The usual argument in these cases was negligence. Often that management knew of prior crimes and failed to warn tenants. Aside from seeking compensation, victims file suit for a umber of reasons. Some want negligent parties to held responsible. Others want to prevent future crimes.

Negligent or insufficient security can include:

  • Poor Lighting in parking lots and stairwells
  • Broken or malfunctioning locks on doors, gates, or windows
  • Poor visitor screening
  • Failure to post security guards
  • Malfunctioning intercom systems
  • Failure to use security alarms and cameras
  • Failure to post warnings

 

Most commonly, crimes occur in poorly lit parking lots. But, other typical locations can include:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Amusement Parks
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Malls
  • Shopping Centers
  • Grocery Stores
  • Schools
  • Condominiums
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Parking garages
  • Banks and ATM machines
 
Were you the victim of a crime, like robbery or assault? Was it preventable with proper security? You may be able to hold the property owner liable for negligence. Contact The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess and speak with a Personal Injury Attorney.