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Negligent Security Lawyers in Jackson
Have you or your loved one been injured due to negligent security? Are you wondering how to pay your medical expenses? Or did you lose a loved one because someone failed to protect you? If so, then you have come to the right place.
Morgan and Morgan offers legal representation for victims of negligence in Jackson and throughout the state. So far, we have helped our clients recover more than $13 billion as compensation for injuries sustained due to negligence. Contact us for a free case evaluation to learn more about your options.
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What Is Negligent Security?
The term “negligent security” describes a situation where someone gets injured due to another party's failure to provide reasonable security. As a result, the injured party files a claim or lawsuit, seeking compensation for their injuries. The logic here is that the claimant or plaintiff would not have been injured had it not been for the other party's negligence.
What Is Reasonable Security?
Reasonable security is the kind of security that is considered acceptable in that particular environment. When determining liability in negligent security cases, the judge or jury will want to establish whether the defendant provided reasonable security for the plaintiff.
It is also worth noting that the levels of security vary depending on the environment and circumstances. For example, the level of security at a nightclub could be higher than what you would expect at your local grocery store. This is because malls have more businesses and human traffic than smaller, local grocery stores.
What Damages Can I Claim in My Lawsuit?
When you file such a lawsuit, you can claim compensatory damages. This compensation is designed to help restore your life to how it was before the injury, often described as the feeling of being “whole.” Compensatory damages fall into other subcategories, mainly economic and non-economic damages.
Here’s an overview of the kind of damages you may be able to sue for.
How Much Compensation Can I Recover?
The amount of compensation you may be able to recover will depend on the specifics of your case. Generally, the more severe your injuries, the higher the compensation you may be entitled to. But this rule is not final.
To put things into perspective, states like Florida follow the pure comparative negligence rule, meaning the plaintiff can only recover the compensation that reflects their percentage of fault.
In simpler words, if you are 30% at fault for the accident, you can only recover 70% from the defendant. In that case, it will not matter the kind of injuries you have suffered.
The compensation you may recover will also depend on how you approach such a case. If you hire a thorough and experienced attorney, they will likely know how to deal with the other party's insurance company. The same applies to the resources the attorney or law firm has access to. If they do not have access to powerful legal resources to fight for you, chances are they will settle for any offer just to close the case.
Bear in mind that negligent security cases are often subject to interpretation. This means there is no one-fits-all approach to these kinds of cases. A good example is when you are someone's property without their invitation or consent. If you get injured due to negligent security, the defense could claim that they did not owe you a duty of care. However, the case could take an interesting turn if the victim were a child.
That is just one of the many challenges you might face when pursuing such a claim or lawsuit. How you handle these challenges will determine the amount of compensation you may be able to recover.
Should I Accept the Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?
The fact that the insurance company wants to settle the case is actually a good sign. If you have ever filed a claim, you probably know that insurance companies are not always keen on settling. They will deny liability at the slightest opportunity.
Remember, insurance is business. For this reason, these companies make profits by limiting the compensation they pay to injury victims while maximizing the premiums they collect from their insured.
That said, you should not be in a hurry to accept a settlement offer from the insurance company. From our experience, the first settlement offer from an insurance company does not always reflect the true value of your claim. Rather, insurance companies will propose a settlement to “test the waters.” If you fall for this trick, they will rush to close the case and have you sign the release of settlement agreement.
Bear in mind that once you sign the settlement agreement, you cannot reopen the case or seek further compensation. Signing the settlement agreement means you agree to waive your rights to take further legal action against the insurance company. So, you cannot accept the settlement and file a lawsuit simultaneously.
However, there is an exception to this rule. You may be able to reopen the case if you can prove that the insurance company lied to you about certain aspects of the case to convince you to sign the agreement. You can also reopen the claim if you can prove that the insurer committed fraud at some point in the process.
Such allegations are not always easy to prove. Therefore, it is advisable to take a step back and consult legal experts before signing the agreement.
What Tactics Do Insurance Companies Use to Deny Negligent Security Claims?
As mentioned before, upon realizing that their insured is liable, some companies use various tactics to frustrate the entire claims process. When that happens, some injury victims agree to settle for less than they deserve. Others give up entirely on their claims.
Here are some common tactics these companies use to deny a claim or frustrate the claims process:
- Refusing to settle claims without providing a clear reason
- Daring you to go to court if you are unhappy with their decision
- Asking you to sign forms without explaining that they entail
- Intentionally delaying the process, hoping you will give up
- Undervaluing your claim without conducting proper investigations
- Offering a lowball settlement offer when they know you desperately need the money
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Although you do not necessarily need an attorney to file a claim or lawsuit, hiring one significantly increases your chances of obtaining favorable results. As discussed earlier, negligent security cases are complex. In addition, these cases are often subject to intense debate to separate facts from fiction.
For instance, it is never easy to prove liability, no matter how serious your injuries are. The other party will not accept liability just because your injuries are severe. On the contrary, that is one more reason for them to fight even harder to free themselves from your case.
Factors such as your reason for visiting the property, the exact spot you got injured, and your actions before the injury could influence your case. Remember that when you file a negligent security lawsuit or claim, you are responsible for proving negligence. All the other party needs to do is prove that they had nothing to do with your injuries. Or, if they were responsible, they could push back and share responsibility with you.
It is even worse if you live in a pure comparative negligence state. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to in such a state is influenced by your percentage of fault for the injury. So if the other party successfully proves that you are 90% responsible for the accident, you can only recover 10% from them regardless of the nature of your injuries.
Then there is also the issue of deadlines. These cases are time-sensitive.
And if you are the victim, you likely will not have the time to attend court and file important paperwork while keeping up with your medical appointments. This is one of the many reasons some injury victims give up along the way and accept lowball offers to settle the case and move on with their lives.
But that should not be the case, especially since you can avoid all that stress, suffering, and bullying by hiring an experienced negligent security attorney. Such an attorney will fight for you, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries or taking care of your loved one who has been injured due to negligent security.
Where Can I Find a Negligent Security Attorney in Jackson?
Now that you understand the importance of seeking legal counsel, contact Morgan and Morgan if you need a compassionate, understanding, and experienced attorney to fight for you.
Why Morgan and Morgan?
Morgan and Morgan is the largest personal injury law firm in the country. Our attorneys have access to powerful legal resources, a network of experts, and modern technology to fight for you.
One benefit of hiring a law firm with powerful resources is that they invest heavily in your case to find the truth and hold the liable party accountable. For this reason, you can rest easy knowing that we will not conduct shoddy investigations and accept lowball offers just to settle the case.
Our law firm has been fighting for the rights of injury victims in Jackson, and throughout the country, for more than three decades. Because of our experience, we know what works and what doesn't. Besides, we have dealt with different insurance companies for years; they know we do not play games when it comes to fighting for our client's rights. If you have a valid claim and the insurance company refuses to cooperate, they will see us in court.
Lastly, Morgan and Morgan attorneys are not new to winning bit settlements. To prove this, we have helped our clients recover more than $13 billion as compensation for various injuries, including those caused by negligent security.
One of the biggest advantages of working with a law firm with a solid history of winning huge settlements is that they do not get excited by just any offer. They know what you deserve and will not settle for less.
On the contrary, when you hire an inexperienced attorney or law firm, they will likely accept any offer just to build their portfolio. But that is not what you need, especially when it comes to personal injury cases. You need a lawyer or law firm that understands how much this case means to you and your loved one. You need an attorney who knows your pain and will do everything to fight for you, not just to win but to ensure the compensation is worth fighting for.
If that is what you are looking for, Morgan and Morgan is the law firm to get in touch with.
Experienced Negligent Security Lawyers in Jackson Ready to Fight for You
Do not suffer in silence—now is the time to hold the other party accountable for their negligence. Failure to do this could mean putting many other people in danger if they get away with their negligence.
It could also mean paying thousands of dollars worth of medical bills from your own pocket for an injury you are not even responsible for. It could mean not being able to work like you used to, making it harder to put food on your table or have a roof over your head. With stakes this high, you cannot afford to gamble when looking for someone to fight for you.
Do not wait any longer. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.