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Did negligent security lead to your injuries?

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2022 | Premises Liability

If you’ve been injured, you certainly blame the person who caused those injuries to begin with. But you may also be considering other factors that had an impact on the situation. This isn’t to absolve that first individual of guilt, but simply to look at how the overall situation influenced your health – and who may be responsible for your resulting injuries.

One example of this is if you believe that negligent security played a role in those injuries. Let’s consider how this could happen and what it might mean for you.

Apartment complexes

One example is in an apartment complex, where you may generally assume that only residents of the building will be allowed inside. They may be the only ones given keys, or there may be a buzzer system in place. No one who is unrelated to the building should, theoretically, be able to gain access.

But what if the locks on the doors don’t work, or what if the manager of the building just buzzes everyone else? What if the doors are never secured and the cameras are broken?

Someone could break into the building and you could be injured during the commission of that crime. You could be the victim of an assault during a robbery, for instance. The perpetrator is clearly at fault, but you may also allege that the building owner was negligent because they didn’t update their security systems. They share some of the blame for what happened to you, as working door locks could have prevented both the robbery and your injuries.

Injuries in hotels

The same type of thing can happen if you stay in a hotel. You trust that the door locks are going to work, that the windows are going to have locks on them, and that the security tech in the hotel is going to restrict who is allowed on the premises and what part of the building they have access to. When hotel ownership is negligent in this regard, it can lead to injuries.

You should be able to trust that you are safe in either of these situations. If you expected security systems to keep your injuries from happening and they did not, the owner may also be liable for injuries that you suffered. If you do find yourself in this position, take the time to carefully look into all of your legal options.