Property owners and management companies have a legal duty to assure a safe environment for their visitors, patrons, and residents. Typically, this means providing basic safeguards on their premises. If you were hurt on someone else’s property, an Elkins negligent security lawyer may be able to help you hold the owner or management company liable for damages if their negligent conduct was responsible. Knowledgeable premises liability attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe has years of experience representing victims of these injuries in Harrison County, Marion County, and Monongahela County, as well as throughout West Virginia.Filing a Negligent Security Claim After an Accident
Failure to provide sufficient security on property can lead to crimes by third parties, including assault, rape, gunshots, and stabbings. Common locations impacted by negligent security issues include residential buildings, commercial business properties, amusement parks, sports stadiums, malls, shopping centers, schools, parking garages, bars, hotels, and grocery stores.
If a property owner does not provide adequate security, and you are injured as a result of their negligence, you have the right to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses. In this type of case, a victim must demonstrate that the property owner knew the probability of harm was high given the prevalent crime rates in the area. The victim also must show that, despite this awareness, the property owner failed to take appropriate action to prevent the harm. Examples of inadequate security may include:
- Inadequate lighting
- Negligent bank or ATM security
- Insufficient locks
- Faulty doors or gates
- Faulty windows
The key to winning a case as a negligent security lawyer in Elkins is establishing a history of criminal activity in the area where the crime occurred. To prevail, the victim must prove the following elements:
- The defendant, usually a property owner or management company, owed the injured person a duty of care to ensure the premises were safe;
- The defendant breached that duty by allowing unsafe conditions to persist; and
- The victim’s injury was made more likely because the property owner or management company breached the duty.
For example, in a crime-ridden neighborhood, the owner of a condominium building should be careful to install functioning locks on each unit. If the landlord does not install a proper lock, and a resident is harmed as a result of a third party’s criminal actions, the resident may have a claim against the landlord.
Depending on the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries, he or she may recover reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, property damage, and any other costs associated with the incident. We will advise our clients on how to pursue the maximum recovery possible for their particular case.Discuss Your Negligent Security Case With an Elkins Attorney
If you or someone you know was assaulted on another’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Wolfe Law Firm, our skilled injury lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe takes great pride in getting to know his West Virginia clients and the details of their personal situations. We understand that the aftermath of an assault can be as stressful as the assault itself. Our Elkins negligent security attorney will create a strategy tailored specifically to your case. For a free and honest case evaluation, contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756.