When you go onto someone else’s property, you should not have to worry about being injured. However, there are times when property owners fail to adequately secure their buildings. This can lead to dangerous situations occurring that can cause injuries. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we are here to help when you need a Charlotte inadequate building security attorney. If you have been harmed and you believe that a lack of security led to your injuries, we will work to obtain full compensation for your losses.
Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of their guests
Most people understand that property owners have a duty to keep their property free from hazards that could cause harm to others. However, property owners also have a duty to ensure that their workers and guests are reasonably safe from foreseeable security risks. What constitutes “adequate security” will depend on various factors related to each particular property.
Whether a property is a business, an apartment complex, or some other type of residential or industrial area, property owners must take reasonable steps to ensure safety. This can include some or all of the following:
- Installing video cameras to record activity on the premises
- Ensuring there are peepholes in the doors (for residential and hotel properties)
- Installing fences and locking gates to keep trespassers out
- Ensuring that employees understand all safety procedures
- Implementing adequate guest check-in and check-out procedures
- Ensuring there is adequate lighting throughout the premises
- Conducting background checks on employees or tenants
- Hiring physical security guards to patrol the area
Anytime property owners and landlords fail to put preventative measures in place to keep their guests, workers, and residents safe, they may end up being held liable for any injuries that occur.
When working to determine what will constitute adequate security for a particular location, property owners and managers need to look at:
- The nature of the business or purpose of the property (some businesses require more security than others)
- The crime statistics for the surrounding area
- The past history of criminal activity on the particular property
By having adequate security measures in place, property owners can help prevent patrons from becoming victims of assault, property crime, or other types of violent crime. Security is a deterrent to criminal activity, just like a lack of security is a magnet for wrongdoers.
Call our premises liability attorneys today
If you or somebody you love has been injured because a property owner failed to adequately secure their premises, contact premises liability attorneys at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help with your case today. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate your claim so we can obtain the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of medical bills
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Any out-of-pocket expenses you incur
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the property owner