Injuries Caused by the Lack of Appropriate Property Security
If you have been injured in an assault at or outside a commercial establishment, in an apartment complex or in the parking lot or a parking ramp, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses from the owner, manager, landlord or tenant of the property. Just because you patronize an establishment with a history of violence does not mean that you assume the risk of being mugged or assaulted. Under California law, those responsible for maintaining residential or commercial premises have a duty to take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of injury to legal visitors. That includes taking reasonable measures to minimize the risk of robbery, assault, rape or other violent crimes.
The duty to ensure proper security applies to any residential or commercial establishment, including:
- Shopping malls
- Movie theatres
- Bars, taverns and nightclubs
It’s important to understand, though, that the owner of the property must either know or have reason to know of the likelihood of assault, attack or other criminal activity. Some establishments, simply because of their nature and the clientele they attract, are more prone to violent crime. Others, due to their location, involve a reasonable risk of mugging or other criminal assault. Furthermore, some establishment that would not normally be considered risks may, by hosting a specific event, expose themselves to liability if they don’t take reasonable security measures.
Inadequate security can take a number of different forms, such as:
- Poor or faulty lighting
- Broken security doors, entry systems, gates or security cameras/devices
- Non-functioning locks
- Inattentive or inexperienced security guards
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