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If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. The property owner had an obligation to take reasonable measures to protect you. If they failed to do so, and you were hurt, the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help make them pay.

You can and should take action when property owners have failed to meet their legal obligations to you. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has a demonstrated track record of getting results for their clients, to the tune of over $400 million recovered for accident victims. Don’t just take our word for it. We are a nationally recognized law firm that is highly reviewed by our clients.

To speak with a Chicago negligent security lawyer, you can call us today or message us online. A negligent security lawyer will begin to learn the facts of your case, so we can pursue the property owner on your behalf.

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Who Are Potential Defendants in Negligent Security Cases?

You may have a legal cause of action against the property owner when you were attacked on their premises. Negligent security lawsuits are a type of premises liability case because you have been hurt on the property of another. Any owner who invited you onto their property would owe you a duty of care to provide reasonably safe premises.

Potential defendants include:

  • Landlords
  • Universities
  • School districts
  • Retail establishments
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Amusement parks
  • Entertainment venues
  • Sports teams
  • Employers

A Property Owner Must Take Reasonable Security Measures

Negligent security cases all come down to what the property owner should have done and what they did about it. If the owner knows or should have known of the potential for danger in the area, they must take reasonable security measures to keep visitors to the property safe.

Every personal injury case has elements that you would need to prove to win or to be in a position to recover compensation for your injuries.

The elements in a negligent security case are as follows:

  • You had a right to be on the property (meaning that the property owner then owed you the duty of care)
  • The possibility of an attack was foreseeable based on what the owner knew or should have known
  • You were injured as the result of the property owner’s failure to provide reasonable security to protect you

A Chicago negligent security lawyer can review the facts of your case and let you know whether you have a potential cause of action against the defendant for negligent security.

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When Does the Property Owner Have an Obligation to Take Adequate Security Measures?

Property owners assume an obligation to act, but only when certain conditions exist. Everything depends on the context of the situation.

It would not be correct to say that property owners begin without a requirement to do something. Some institutions should provide adequate security measures as a default. For example, a school or university should never allow unfettered access to the buildings because of the potential for harm to students.

If there is a history of criminal attacks in the area, the business or property owner would take on the responsibility to act. They may know this from:

  • Statistics about crime in their area
  • Reading about specific attacks in the newspaper
  • Criminal activity on their property or in the immediate vicinity

The obligation to act arises when property owners knew or should have known of the potential for criminal activity. In other words, they cannot pretend that they know nothing in the face of obvious signs of danger. Although it can be difficult to prove what someone actually knew, it may be possible to show what they should have known.

What Are Examples of Negligent Security?

What may be considered negligent security depends on the circumstances. A property owner’s measures could be adequate security in one situation, but negligent in another. Property owners have an obligation to assess the situation and determine what may be necessary to protect visitors who are on their property.

Some examples of negligent security include:

  • Improperly secured entrances to a property
  • Lack of security cameras on a property
  • Lack of security guards (or not enough for the situation)
  • Lack of access control to a property
  • Inadequate crowd control measures
  • Broken fencing (or none at all)
  • Lack of training for security personnel
  • Failing to conduct a background screening of staff

How Do I Prove That the Owner Failed to Provide Reasonable Security Measures?

Like any personal injury claim, you have the burden of proof to show that someone else was negligent. Much of your case would depend on the extensive investigation that your lawyer performs.

You may begin with the knowledge that there was not much security there to protect you when you needed it. You may not have seen security guards, or you may have realized that your situation was dangerous. A Chicago negligent security lawyer will do further work to learn about the conditions at the time of the attack and what the business or property owner may or may not have done.

Much of your case may be built during the discovery phase of your case. Discovery comes after you have filed a negligent security lawsuit. You have to prove what the property owner knew or should have known. You would often get that evidence by seeking communications that are in the defendant’s hands and speaking to their witnesses during the course of depositions.

Damages That Our Negligent Security Lawyers Can Help You Claim

Our Chicago negligent security lawyers will estimate the value of your case before you file it. Your damages for your negligent security injuries could be far more than you think. Not only have you suffered physical injuries, but the trauma of an attack could last a lifetime.

Here are some damages that you may be entitled to in a negligent security case:

  • The cost of the medical bills to treat your physical injuries
  • The cost of treatment for the psychological and emotional distress associated with the attack
  • Lost wages that you could have earned from work (when you have missed time due to either physical or emotional injury)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress (which includes post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Embarrassment and humiliation

Your negligent security case can be worth a lot of money – more than you think. The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will review your case and help determine the value of your negligent security lawsuit. We will then fight for you to get the compensation that you deserve.

Our lawyers will assist you with negligent security claims from the moment you sign the representation agreement to make us your attorney.

Most often, you would file a lawsuit for the property owner’s negligent security. The property owner would usually have insurance coverage that could pay for your damages. You could seek to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company after filing a claim. However, insurance companies make it difficult for you to get full compensation for negligent security claims.

A Chicago negligent security attorney may advise you to file a lawsuit against the property owner and begin your case in court. This way, you have at least started the process of getting financial compensation for your negligent security injuries.

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How Our Chicago Negligent Security Lawyers Can Help You

Negligent security cases can be difficult. Proof of the attack does not help you win your case against the property owner. A negligent security claim arises when the property owner (or the person in control of the property) fails to provide adequate security measures. They must have been aware of the possibility of danger and have provided inadequate security in response.

You should always hire a Chicago negligent security attorney for your case. Here is how an experienced negligent security attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help your case:

  • Investigate the conditions in the area to help prove what the property owner knew or should have known
  • Investigate the circumstances at the time of the attack to prove that the property owners did not have adequate security in place
  • Estimate the damages that you should seek in your negligent security claim
  • Research the proper defendant against whom to file a lawsuit and locate insurance coverage and available assets
  • File your lawsuit in court
  • Negotiate a settlement with the defendant or argue your case in court.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Win Cases Against Negligent Property Owners

The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have a demonstrated record of success in negligent security cases. In one lawsuit, we achieved a $1,550,000 settlement for a 27-year-old man who was shot at a Humbolt Park apartment complex while visiting a friend. During the course of litigation, our affiliated attorneys were able to demonstrate that the landlord failed to implement any meaningful safety measures despite numerous complaints from residents before this incident.

Statute of Limitations in Chicago Negligent Security Cases

You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been injured. 735 ILCS 5/ [1] imposes a two-year limit from the time that you were hurt or should have known you were hurt to file a lawsuit.

There are many reasons why it is vital to get legal help as soon as possible. The legal process takes time to complete. It could take years for you to get your money, so it is vital to begin as soon as you can.

Our Chicago negligent security lawyers will keep track of the relevant time deadlines to ensure that you do not miss deadlines. We will handle your case in a diligent and straightforward process, keeping the legal process moving as best as we can.

Call Our Chicago Negligent Security Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been injured in an attack or other incident on someone else’s property, you should hire a negligent security lawyer today. The lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can work to gather the proof that you need to put you in a position to recover financial compensation for your injuries. The first step is to contact us to discuss your case. You can call us today at (888) 424-5757 or send us a message online to begin the legal process. You owe us nothing unless you win your case.

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