Legal Options for Victim Stabbed in a Hotel
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville, an experienced criminal violence lawyer, represents victims of stabbings and their families in civil lawsuits. In an interview, we asked Laurence to provided insight into the rights of victims stabbed on commercial property.
Are property owners obligated to protect people in and around the area?
“Property owners have a legal obligation to protect the patrons on their property. Property owners are responsible for providing adequate security on their property to ensure safety and prevent violent crime. Examples of adequate security are a well-lit atmosphere, security cameras, and security guards, but there are more. If someone on the property is injured and the owners failed to provide adequate security, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.”
How could a property owner be considered liable?
“If the crime in which the victim was injured was reasonably foreseeable or the property owner was negligent, a property owner could be considered liable. A crime can be considered foreseeable if previous violent crimes occurred on or around the property, and no security improvements were made. If a victim’s lawyer can prove that the crime was preventable and only occurred due to inadequate security, the property owner could be considered liable.”
Georgetown Suites Hotel in Washington, DC