Can Apartment Building Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Are you looking for an apartment shooting law firm? Attorney contributor Aaron Blank works closely with apartment shooting victims and their families in trying to convey all legal options they may have in civil cases. Below, Mr. Blank has offered some of his legal insight on the matter:
“First, it is important to understand that property owners, including apartment complex owners, must be able to provide safety to all of their customers and employees on or near the premises. And to do this they need to protect these patrons from from preventable dangers. How do property owners do this one may ask? Well, they should offer adequate security on site at all times, which includes things like video surveillance and lighting in parking lots. The key word here is “should” because sometimes property owners do not offer adequate security and as a result of their negligence people sometimes become affected by shootings and other violent crimes. When people on the property become victims of violent crimes due to inadequate security, they may have grounds for a lawsuit and the property owner may be held liable.”
“But the victim’s attorney needs to go beyond just showing that the owner held inadequate security. In fact, the crime victim attorney must also prove that the crime that occurred was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if an apartment complex owner recieved a report that shootings were on the rise in the area, deliberately chose not to upgrade security, and then someone was killed on site, the victim’s family may have grounds for a lawsuit because the crime was reasonably foreseeable in nature. To be clear, however, the crime victim attorney must prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable and that inadequate security was provided”
If you or someone you know has been involved in a similar situation, we strongly suggest that you reach out to an experienced attorney today. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our crime victim attorneys now.
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