Binghamton Negligent Security Lawyer
When you go to a store, hotel or apartment complex, you should never have to worry about getting physically assaulted because of the site’s lax security. Fortunately, under New York premises liability law, you can hold the negligent property owner accountable if such a traumatic event happens to you or a loved one. To learn more about your rights and options, you should get legal help from an experienced Binghamton negligent security lawyer.
Since 1980, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has protected the rights of assault victims and their families in Binghamton and throughout New York. We understand that it’s about the money when it comes to recovering from such a horrible event. We will fight for the compensation that you deserve and do everything we can to help you move on with your life.
Don’t wait to act! Contact us any time of day, any day of the week. We always return calls – typically within the hour – and we always provide free and confidential consultations.
What Is a Negligent Security Claim?
Property owners in New York owe a duty to customers, guests and other lawful visitors to their premises. They must take reasonable steps to protect their visitors from foreseeable harm on their property, including the criminal acts of others. If they fail to fulfill that duty, and you or a loved one suffers harm as a result, then you have every right to hold that property owner accountable.
Examples of negligent or inadequate security cases include those that involve a property owner’s failure to provide:
• Proper lighting for parking lots, garages, walkways, sidewalks and other common areas
• An electronic security system that prevents entry without a keycard
• Security guards and/or security cameras that monitor for trespassers
• Working locks on doors that lead to a building or to individual rooms
• Warnings about recent criminal activity on or near the premises.
A property owner’s negligence may also arise from the owner’s failure to conduct an adequate background check before hiring personnel. For instance, if a simple check of an employee’s criminal history would have revealed that the person was previously convicted for a violent offense or sexual assault, the property owner should be held responsible if the employee ultimately harms a customer or guest on the property.
Who Can You Sue for Injuries Caused by Criminal Trespassers?
Most of the inadequate security claims that we handle at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, involve the negligence of those who own commercial property in Binghamton and surrounding areas in New York such as:
• Stores and shopping centers
• Office buildings
• Apartment complexes
• Motels and hotels
• Parking lots or parking garages
• Bars, restaurants or nightclubs.
Under some circumstances, the person or company who leases or manages the property may be liable for the harm that a visitor suffers due to the acts of criminal trespassers. It depends on who was in control of the property and in the position to take steps to prevent a foreseeable risk of harm. A security contractor could also potentially be held liable to you.
You can count on our firm to identify all responsible parties in your case. Our goal will be to identify all sources of compensation and maximize the amount that you recover in damages.
How Do You Prove a Negligent Security Claim in New York?
At Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, we help people in Binghamton and throughout New York’s Southern Tier in cases that result from a property owner’s failure to provide adequate security. With nearly 40 years of experience in this area of the law, Scott C. Gottlieb will know how to investigate your case and determine whether a property owner’s negligence caused you or a loved one to suffer harm.
As part of our law firm’s investigation, we will work quickly to preserve and gather evidence such as:
• Witness statements
• Security camera footage
• Reports of past criminal activity on or around the property
• The property owner’s own security policy (which it failed to follow)
• Security equipment that failed to work properly and led to the attack (such as a security camera, alarm, window lock or door lock).
We may also review your case with security experts. Based on their training and experience, they can shed light on whether a property owner (or the party in control of the property) failed to take reasonable steps to make the premises secure for visitors.
As we work on your case, a key issue may be whether the criminal acts that caused injury to you or a loved one were reasonably foreseeable. In other words, should the owner have been on notice about the risk of violent crime on the property? Had there been a string of recent robberies or break-ins? If so, what reasonable steps could the owner have taken to protect visitors?
What Compensation Can You Recover in a Negligent Security Lawsuit?
If you are attacked on another person’s property, you may suffer significant physical, emotional and financial harm. We realize that many people continue to suffer lingering damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our goal at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, will be to pursue full compensation for you, which could include:
• All past and future medical expenses related to the attack
• Any income you have lost or will lose in the future due to your injuries
• All other out-of-pocket expenses caused by the incident
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Punitive damages
• Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one).
Our law firm has earned a reputation for securing sizeable verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients in premises liability cases and many other personal injury matters. While unique factors impact each case, you can count on our legal team to be ready to put our experience to work for you and aggressively pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.
We Can Help with Your Binghamton Negligent Security Claim Today
When you are ready to talk about your negligent security case, we are ready to listen. You can call Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your consultation and claim review are free. We can meet at our Binghamton office, or we can come to you. We will charge no legal fees unless we secure a financial recovery for you. Don’t wait! Contact us now and learn more about how we can help you.