Property owners aren’t superheroes who can save every visitor from danger. Still, the holders of government, public, and private land must deter crime on their premises. Even a simple security measure—a lock, a camera, a light—can keep guests out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, some property owners put profit over people, skimping out on safety for the sake of saving money.

If you are a victim of a preventable crime on someone’s property, you deserve to hold them financially liable. You might feel powerless in the aftermath. Take that power back with an NYC negligent security lawyer on your side.

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Definition of Negligent Security

“Negligent security” is a type of premises liability case. It refers to a property owner failing to take reasonable safety measures, consequently allowing a crime to happen. Having adequate security won’t guarantee crime-free property, but it can deter criminals or allow help to intervene before things escalate.

Common Locations in Negligent Security Cases

Many locations in New York may lack reasonable security. However, “reasonable” might look different from place to place. Some areas require additional safety accommodations. Property owners should know how to protect their guests.

Some common locations in negligent security cases include:

  • Parking lots and garages
  • Subway stations and trains
  • ATMs
  • College campuses
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Nightclubs
  • Nursing homes
  • Shopping centers and malls
  • Sports stadiums
  • Apartment complexes

Types of Crimes in Negligent Security Cases

Negligent security on a property can encourage crime and put guests in a vulnerable position. A criminal could take advantage of the opportunity to attack someone without barriers.

Common crimes that stem from inadequate safety measures include:

  • Assault & Battery
  • Robbery
  • Murder
  • Rape or sexual assault

Victims often sustain severe physical and emotional injuries from their attacks. The compassionate lawyers at HKD are here to listen and help you seek total compensation for every damage you face.

What Can I Do as a Victim of Negligent Security in NYC?

If you are a victim of a crime that happened on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. A lawyer can increase your chances of obtaining a total and fair amount. Do not hesitate to contact our experienced negligent security lawyers in New York. The sooner you acquire legal representation, the faster we can build a case.

After negligent security causes you harm, you may file a claim or pursue a lawsuit. Both legal actions require the knowledge, attention, and skill that an HKD attorney provides.

File a Claim

You can file a negligent security claim against the property owner to receive compensation. For example, a victim could file a claim against their bank after being robbed at an ATM without cameras.

Your claim must prove negligence and show that safety measures could have prevented the crime. Additionally, you must verify that your injuries and damages resulted from this negligence. Your lawyer can assist you, ensuring your claim is error-free and encapsulates the full extent of your case.

↳ Proving Negligence

Negligence can be difficult to prove, but our attorneys understand what it takes to establish liability and secure compensation. Our lawyers can help prove that proper security—such as lighting, fences, or guards—would have made the difference.

You will have to establish that the crime was foreseeable. We can collect crucial evidence to argue that the offense was predictable. Evidence to show this might include crime statistics or police records that establish a pattern of similar criminal activity where you were attacked.

Property owners should anticipate danger, protect guests, and discourage crime. HKD can hold the negligent parties accountable and help bring you the justice you deserve. We have successfully fought for countless clients throughout New York to receive compensation and move forward with their lives.

↳ New York Statute of Limitations for Negligent Security Claims

In New York, you have three years after the date of a crime to file a negligent security claim. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.

It is essential to obey this time limit when filing a claim. Otherwise, your case could be thrown out. Don’t wait. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to secure your case quickly.

File a Lawsuit

As a victim, you may also pursue compensation with a lawsuit. You can sue the property owner, the perpetrator of the crime, and anyone else involved. The attorneys at HKD can help ensure everyone who contributed to your damages, regardless of how much, will be held accountable. That way, you can get the maximum compensation you deserve to recover damages.

Damages in a New York Negligent Security Case

After an avoidable accident or crime, you are entitled to compensation for all damages you sustained due to the crime. These include tangible and intangible losses. Examples of damages in an NYC negligent security case may be medical payments, lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and more.

Your lawyer will help calculate the total amount of compensation you are entitled. We perform thorough investigations into every case for our clients to ensure no stone is left unturned. Our attorneys can gather input from specialists like medical experts to determine the impact of an injury on your life and the total value of your claim.

The attorneys at HKD want to bring you the highest compensation possible, as we have for many others.

Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. Can Help

A negligent security case in New York City can be challenging to prove. The lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger, & Damashek, P.C. are here to make the process easier and fight for the justice you deserve. It can be hard asking for help after experiencing danger or trauma. Our attorneys are compassionate and experienced. We know what goes into a successful case and want to supplement your recovery with our dedicated legal help.

Reach out to Hecht, Kleeger, & Damashek, P.C. today to discuss your negligent security experience. Call 212-292-4339 or use our online contact form for a free consultation.

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