If you or a family member has been a victim of an attack, assault or other similar crime, you may be eligible to file a case related to negligent security. The owners and administrators of public buildings and spaces such as apartment complexes, malls, schools, hospitals, parks, and other locations have a duty to provide an environment that is not conducive to criminal activities such as assault. When poor lighting, absent or sub-par security guards, or other factors contribute to your being harmed in some way, these parties may be liable for the injuries that you have suffered.
These are just a few examples of negligent security:
- Fights at sporting events where no security intervenes
- Poorly lit or monitored halls, elevators, or stairwells in apartments or elsewhere that contribute to an assault
- Assaults that take place at nightclubs due to lax security
- Sexual assaults or robberies in parking garages where dim or obscure corners allow predators to hide
- Rape or assault in dorms, or other college buildings where security failed to monitor
- An ATM improperly monitored or situated to prevent a theft
Premises liability lawyers ME
A Portland Maine personal injury lawyer who understands the details of premises liability law, including issues of negligent security, can help you gain compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other losses that you have endured. At Hardy, Wolf & Downing, our attorneys have been representing victims of negligent security since 1976. 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 in your assault, 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 to move 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 a property must provide reasonable care and protection to anyone who is 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 did nothing about it
- That the lapse in security resulted in a crime being committed against the plaintiff
- That the plaintiff suffered damages as a result
The fact that a hotel, for instance, provides inadequate security is not in itself grounds for a lawsuit. The hotel’s negligent security must have resulted, for instance, in an assault of a patron on the premises that involved injury and/or loss of property. The fact that a sexual assault occurred in a dorm room is not, in and of itself, grounds to sue a university; the plaintiff must show that the administrators were aware of a pattern of such events, for instance, and did not take action.
Frequently, previous incidents of criminal activity linked to inadequate security will provide strong evidence that the potential defendant in a case knew about risks but did not address them.
For instance, in a case recently filed by a health worker at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, Maine, the plaintiff had already complained that she was pregnant and felt unsafe working on a floor with dangerous patients who had already assaulted several others when there was no security there. She sued the center after she was subsequently stabbed multiple times in the arms, face, and hands by a patient wielding a pen.
The parents of a young woman who was sexually assaulted by her ski instructor are suing the Carrabassett Valley Academy for $1.35 million after it was determined that the instructor who was hired had a record of similar activities.
A Maine premises liability lawyer from Hardy, Wolf, & Downing can walk you through the details of your potential case in your free consultation.
Negligent Security Issues and Compensation
Crimes committed as a result of negligent security can range from armed robbery, to sexual violence, to assault, to 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 in order 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 troubles 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.
The amount available will vary based on the nature of the assault, the degree of liability, and the extent and nature of damages and loss. Please consult with an attorney from Hardy, Wolf, & Downing to discuss the kind of compensation that may be available in your case.
How can Hardy, Wolf & Downing help?
ME personal injury attorneys from Hardy, Wolf & Downing want to make sure that you receive the compensation that 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 leads to harm for the parties that they were supposed to protect, and we are committed to putting all of our resources at work to make sure that you receive justice.
If you believe that you have been the victim of negligent security in Portland, Lewiston, or other locations in Maine, contact our office at 1-800-INJURED to set up a no-cost, no-obligation meeting with one of our negligent security lawyers in order to discuss your case. We charge no fees unless we win a jury verdict or settlement for you.
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