Portland Inadequate Security Attorney
In most situations, personal injury cases arise because another party choose to do something negligent that caused harm, such as distracted driving. However, in some cases, injury can occur because a party failed to do something. One omission that can lead to harm and personal injury cases is the failure of a property or business owner to provide adequate security on their premises.
Property and business owners have the duty to keep their premises safe for visitors and customers. This can include the general maintenance of the physical premises and also providing necessary security to prevent assaults, robberies, or harm by other people. Security can be provided in many different ways, including surveillance cameras, security guards, locked gates or doors, coded entryways, bouncers, and any additional measures that would be necessary and appropriate for the type of business or property. Such measures can help to prevent any nefarious individuals from entering the premises or can identify when someone intends to cause harm so that they can be removed from the premises.
If a party failed to provide adequate security measures and you suffered injury as a result, you should not delay in consulting with a skilled Portland inadequate security lawyer about your legal rights.
Common Examples of Inadequate Security Claims
Many inadequate security claims arise out of injuries caused in bars, clubs, or similar establishments. These establishments should recognize the risks of fights and other forms of assault among intoxicated individuals. Bouncers and guards should not only keep track of who is allowed into the establishment but should also identify when someone is too intoxicated or is becoming agitated and needs to be removed. If a bar allows someone who is dangerous to enter and remain in the establishment, the owner may be held liable for any harm caused.
Bars are far from the only examples of properties that should have adequate security. Additional properties include the following:
- Parking lots and garages;
- Apartment complexes;
- Condominium complexes;
- Shopping centers and malls;
- Nursing homes;
Criminal vs. Civil Cases
Because inadequate security cases arise from assaults and other criminal acts, if the perpetrator is caught, they will likely face charges in criminal court. If they are convicted, they may be sentenced to time in prison or ordered to pay fines to the court, among other consequences. Unfortunately, a criminal court will often do little to provide compensation for you for your medical bills and other losses.
In order to seek compensation for your injuries, you will need to file a personal injury claim in civil court. You can file a claim directly against your assailant, however, they may not have the assets to provide compensation and a judgment may simply lead them to file for bankruptcy. The other option you have to obtain the financial recovery you deserve is to file a claim for inadequate security against the property owner whose negligence allowed the assault to occur. Property owners and businesses often have the insurance coverage and assets needed to cover your losses, so recovery is more probable.
Damages in Inadequate Security Cases
You can seek compensation for a wide variety of damages in an inadequate security claim. Some losses commonly suffered by victims of assault, sexual assault, or robbery include:
- Costs of medical treatment for your physical injuries;
- Costs of treating your psychological injuries;
- Lost income from missed work due to your injuries;
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Mental and emotional trauma;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Permanent disability sustained.
Calculating the exact value of your particular case can be complex and will depend on the nature and severity of the injuries you suffered. You should have the help of a law firm with the resources needed to accurately determine and prove the full amount of compensation you deserve in your inadequate security claim.
Contact a Portland, Oregon Inadequate Security Attorney Today
Being the victim of an assault or robbery can be frightening and can have a lasting impact on your physical and mental health. Even if the perpetrator was arrested and convicted, you deserve to seek greater justice for the harm that you suffered. Do not delay in calling an experienced attorney to discuss whether or not you have the right to pursue an inadequate security claim against a property or business owner. At the Johnston Law Firm, our inadequate security lawyers are ready to help, so contact our Portland office for a free consultation today.