Are Business Owners Liable For Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former criminal prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil court. We’ve asked him to discuss business owner liability for shootings and for those wondering if they can sue for being shot among other violent incidents:
Business owners and all other property owners have a legal duty to make sure their properties are safe from preventable dangers. These rules help protect customers, workers, and the community surrounding the business. In some cases, shootings and other violent acts at businesses occur due to a failure to meet this legal duty. In such cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
In order for a business to be held liable for a shooting, legal counsel must prove that the incident was reasonably foreseeable. For example, a bar owner might be considered liable for a shooting on their property if there had been a history of violent incidents there but no safety measures had been taken to reduce the risk of future incidents – such as hiring security guards and searching customers for weapons.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a shooting, stabbing, or another violent incident at a business, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.
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