If you or a family member has been a victim of an attack, assault, or similar crime, you may be eligible to file a legal claim related to negligent security. The owners and administrators of public buildings and spaces such as apartment complexes, malls, schools, hospitals, and other locations have a duty to provide an environment that is reasonably safe for the public’s use. When poor lighting, absent or sub-par security guards, or other factors contribute to an attack, assault, or other crime, the building owner, property manager, or security contractor may be liable for the injuries suffered.
Premises Liability Lawyers in Maine
We understand the details of premises liability law, including negligent security issues, and can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other losses you have endured. We have helped injured clients from Portland, Lewiston, and other parts of Maine to get justice through substantial jury awards or settlements.
If you have been a victim of a crime and suspect that negligent security was a contributing factor, you probably have many questions about your rights, your possible compensation, and your chances of winning a personal injury lawsuit in court. The best way to allay your fears and begin moving forward is to contact our offices about a free consultation in which you can get answers to your questions in a sympathetic atmosphere with no obligation on your part.
Negligent Security Laws in Maine
In Maine, the law stipulates that an owner of property must provide reasonable care and protection to anyone on that property legally.
For a personal injury lawsuit regarding negligent security to be successful, a plaintiff must show:
- That the defendant owed the duty of care and protection to the plaintiff
- That the defendant knew that there was a risk of injury through some form of assault but failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate the risks
- That the defendant’s failure to take appropriate steps resulted in a crime being committed against the plaintiff
- That the plaintiff suffered damages as a result
Negligent Security Issues and Compensation
Crimes committed due to negligent security can range from armed robbery to sexual violence, assault, and murder.
Compensation may be available for many different kinds of losses or injuries:
- Crimes can involve physical harm and extensive medical bills. Victims of such crimes can sue to be financially compensated for these losses.
- Physical or emotional aspects of the assault may interfere with one’s ability to earn a living. Victims can sue for loss of income or future earnings.
- When a life has been lost, family members can bring a premises liability lawsuit against a defendant for wrongful death.
- Frequently, such events can be terrifying, resulting in flashbacks and psychological traumas that impair one’s ability to function or enjoy life.
Financial compensation may be available for necessary therapeutic measures and to compensate for the emotional trauma, pain, and suffering one has endured.
Hire An Experienced Negligent Security Attorney
We want to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve if another party’s negligence contributed to your assault. We have extensive experience and expertise in the area of premises liability and understand the complexities of the law in Maine when it comes to negligent security.
We believe that property owners and proprietors should be held accountable when their lax attitude toward security causes harm to the parties they were required, by law, to protect. We are committed to putting all our resources to work to ensure you receive justice.
If you believe you have been the victim of negligent security in Maine, contact our office at 1-800-INJURED to set up a no-cost, no-obligation meeting with one of our lawyers to discuss your case. We charge no fees unless we win a jury verdict or settlement.
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