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Negligent Security Lawyer in Washington DC

Negligent Security Lawyer in Washington DC

Visitors to a store, restaurant, or another public or private property in Washington DC have the right to be reasonably safe. Therefore, property owners and other responsible parties must take specific security measures to prevent crimes, such as installing locks, gates, or security cameras. While not all assaults and robberies are a property owner’s fault, you could pursue compensation if your incident happened due to negligent security.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, violent crimes such as homicides and robberies are on the increase in the city. Morgan & Morgan thinks that victims should not have to pay the price for a property owner’s carelessness. Our experienced negligent security lawyers in Washington DC want to help injured victims get the settlement they deserve to rebuild their lives. Contact us today to determine whether you have a case.

What Qualifies as Negligent Security in Washington DC?

Negligent security generally occurs when property or business owners in Washington DC fail to take steps to keep guests, patrons, and visitors reasonably safe. Property owners must implement basic security measures, depending on the type of premises, to prevent potential robberies, attacks, and assaults. Negligent security incidents can include, among others:

  • Violent robberies
  • Theft
  • Shootings
  • Stabbings
  • Sexual assault
  • Battery
  • Murder

Negligent security law provides legal recourse for those who suffer injuries and damages due to a property owner’s negligence. Injured victims in Washington DC could seek justice and compensation with a personal injury lawsuit. However, negligent security claims can be challenging to litigate. Claimants may have to stand up against a powerful corporation or business and teams of lawyers.

If you think you have a case, consult with a negligent security lawyer as soon as possible. Morgan & Morgan can be by your side and pursue damages on your behalf.

What Is a Lack of Security?

Determining whether a property owner installed adequate security measures can be tricky as each case is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for all properties, and premises have varying requirements when it comes to crime prevention. For example, a hair salon that only opens during business hours will have different security needs than an inner-city nightclub that operates late into the night. However, in general, the following could count as negligent security:

Lack of Security and Alarm Systems

Most premises, including stores, hotels, and apartment complexes, have security systems, such as alarms or CCTV cameras. In areas where crime is rare, installing fences, gates, and locks on doors can be sufficient. However, failing to establish effective security systems or letting existing installations fall into disrepair can put visitors at risk of attacks, assaults, and other incidents. If property owners fail to fix defective cameras, alarms, or locks, and someone suffers harm, they could be held accountable for injuries and damages.

Broken or Missing Lighting

Dark premises and outside areas are an open invitation for criminals to feel safe under cover of darkness. For example, if broken lights in a normally well-lit parking garage are not replaced promptly, and someone is attacked and robbed, the property owner may be liable. Businesses and property owners must light their premises adequately to deter criminals. Failing to repair or replace broken lighting can qualify as negligent security.

Lack of Security Guards

Not all premises have the need to hire security guards. For example, nobody expects a sandwich store owner to employ security personnel to guard the premises. However, for owners and managers of nightclubs and other late-night establishments, hiring qualified security guards can be essential. Armed guards may be required to manage a range of potentially dangerous situations, such as:

  • Handling large crowds
  • Removing intoxicated or violent persons
  • Diffusing verbal and physical conflicts
  • Preventing theft
  • Stopping active shooters

Failing to hire adequately qualified security personnel can amount to negligent security. Owners could be on the hook for victims’ damages, particularly if an establishment is located in a high-crime area and similar incidents have already occurred at the property or in the vicinity.

Places in Washington DC Where Negligent Security Incidents Can Occur

Negligent security incidents can potentially occur anywhere on public or private property in Washington DC, including:

  • Convenience stores
  • Nightclubs and restaurants
  • Gas stations
  • Apartment complexes
  • Shopping malls and retail stores
  • Parking garages
  • Workplaces
  • Government offices
  • Amusement parks
  • Schools
  • Movie theaters
  • Concerts
  • Public transit stations
  • Airports

Experiencing an assault, shooting, theft, or violent robbery in Washington DC can be terrifying and life-changing. Physical injuries and emotional trauma can impact victims’ lives drastically. Our negligent security lawyers in Washington DC see the devastating impacts on victims of crime and their families every day. If you are affected, we could help you get what you deserve so you can get your life back on track.

Common Injuries in Negligent Security Incidents

A violent attack can leave victims physically and emotionally harmed. Injuries in negligent security incidents can include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Facial injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Bullet wounds

While physical injuries may heal given time, the emotional effects on victims of violent crimes can be devastating and lifelong. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 68 percent of victims of severe violence face ongoing socio-emotional problems in their lives, such as complicated relationships, emotional distress, and problems at school or work. Other emotional effects of victimization can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Insomnia
  • Flash-backs

Morgan & Morgan is here for you. If you are suffering from the physical and emotional consequences of a negligent security incident, we could help you get the medical assistance and legal representation that you need.

Victims Could Be Entitled to Compensation

Victims prevailing in a claim or lawsuit could qualify for various damages, depending on their injuries and the facts of the case. You could receive the following awards and others:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage or theft
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional trauma and anguish
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Loss of life enjoyment

Our negligent security lawyers in Washington DC can assess your specific claim, calculate your damages, and determine the worth of your case. 

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Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.

  • Can Negligent Security Occur on Private Property?

    Negligent security laws apply to both public and private property. As a consequence, private and public property owners could be held accountable for any incidents that occur on their premises. Therefore, if you got hurt in an attack or assault on private premises, you could sue the property owner and receive compensation. Our negligent security lawyers in Washington DC can analyze your case, determine your options, and help you move forward with a claim against a private property owner.

  • What Are My Best Steps After a Robbery or Assault?

    After a violent crime, knowing what to do for the best can be tough, especially if you are under shock. Your best next steps after a crime are getting to safety immediately and calling 911 for law enforcement and medical assistance.

    However, your actions in the days after the incident can also be important, as you may have legal recourse against a property owner, manager, or security firm. Therefore, consider seeking legal help and advice as soon as possible after your ordeal. A tenacious lawyer can protect your legal rights, determine who is liable for your damages, and help you get the settlement you deserve.

  • How Do I Prove a Negligent Security Claim in Washington DC?

    If a crime occurs due to a lack of adequate security, Washington, D.C. premises liability laws could help victims hold the property owner accountable for any injuries and financial losses. However, to have a chance of winning, the claimant must prove that:

    • They were legally allowed on the property
    • The property owner had the duty to protect them
    • The property owner breached the duty by failing to provide adequate security
    • The claimant suffered injuries and/or financial losses due to negligent security

    Proving a property owner’s responsibility can be tricky without experienced legal representation in your corner. However, a seasoned attorney can help prove that a crime was foreseeable. Our negligent security lawyers can:  

    • Investigate the crime and premises
    • Examine the security measures at the property
    • Liaise with law enforcement
    • Evaluate the crime statistics for the area and property
    • Interview witnesses
    • Consult with security experts
  • Is There an Average Settlement Amount for a Negligent Security Claim?

    There is no standard settlement amount for negligent security claims or lawsuits. The worth of your specific claim can depend on various factors, including:  

    • The type of incident
    • The severity and extent of your injuries
    • Your medical expenses
    • Your wage losses during recovery
    • Whether you can work again
    • The degree of negligence of the responsible party
    • Whether you have any fault in the attack or assault

    Settlement amounts in negligent security claims can vary. Therefore, to determine what you are entitled to, consider speaking to our premises liability lawyers in Washington DC.

  • Who Could I Sue in a Negligent Security Lawsuit in Washington DC?

    Who you can sue will depend on the facts of your case. However, in most claims, victims hold the property or business owner accountable for their losses. Other liable parties can include:  

    • Homeowner and condo associations
    • Property management companies
    • Security firms
    • Landowners
    • Store managers
    • School administrators

    An experienced lawyer can help you identify all potentially liable parties and avenues for compensation.

  • When Should I File My Negligent Security Lawsuit in Washington DC?

    The deadline, also called the “statute of limitations,” for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Washington DC is three years from the date of the incident or injury. Missing the deadline means that you most likely lose the right to file a lawsuit and recover compensation. If your loved one died due to a negligent security attack or assault, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington DC.

  • Could I Hold My Landlord Responsible for a Negligent Security Incident?

    Generally, landlords have to ensure common areas of their rental complexes are reasonably safe for tenants and visitors. They could be liable for your damages from an assault and attack if they failed to:

    • Provide locks on doors and windows
    • Install appropriate lighting in common areas and outside
    • Ensure the fencing and gates around the property are in good repair

    An attorney can advise you about your next best steps if you got hurt in a negligent security incident at your apartment complex.

  • How Can a Morgan & Morgan Negligent Security Lawyer in Washington DC Help Me?

    We can represent clients in all types of negligent security claims, including robbery and theft, battery, sexual assaults, shootings, homicides, and others. If you or a loved one became a victim of crime on someone else’s property, working with a dedicated negligent security attorney can be vital for your claim. Morgan & Morgan can:

    • Help you get medical assistance
    • Determine whether you have a claim against a property owner or another party
    • Identify all potential defendants in your claim
    • Calculate your losses and expected future costs in connection with the incident
    • Work for you on a “no-win-no-fee” basis
    • Fight for what you deserve at trial

    Our attorneys understand Washington DC’s negligent security laws and know how to prove your claim. Over the years, we have recovered more than $20 billion in damages and could help you, too, get the settlement you need to move forward with your life. 

  • Morgan & Morgan Is Here for You

    If you are suffering from the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of a violent crime, help is available. You do not have to go through this alone. Our compassionate lawyers can determine whether you qualify for compensation and file a claim on your behalf. We can fight tooth and nail for the best outcome for your case while you are free to concentrate on healing from your ordeal.

    Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free and confidential consultation to determine whether you qualify for damages.

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