Fatalities Caused by Negligent Security
Premises liability law covers many different situations in which a visitor is injured or killed as a result of a property owner’s failure to maintain the premises in a safe manner. One of the most common examples is a slip and fall accident, but premises liability also covers situations in which inadequate or negligent security causes someone to suffer injuries or death in an attack by a third party. According to Massachusetts law, landowners have a duty to ensure that certain persons who visit their properties are safe from unreasonable dangers. This includes ensuring that the premises have appropriate security, such as lighting, security guards, and cameras as needed. If someone in your family suffered a fatality caused by negligent security, the Boston wrongful death lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck can bring a negligence claim against the owner to pursue compensation for your damages.Proving Liability for a Fatality Caused by Negligent Security
There are many different ways in which negligent security can lead to an unsafe condition at a property. This legal theory can apply to virtually any type of property, such as a parking lot or garage, a store, an office building, or an apartment complex. A property owner may fail to provide sufficient lighting or to identify a need to hire security guards to patrol the area. Fatalities caused by negligent security can also occur when security cameras are not working properly, or when there are not enough security cameras. A landowner’s failure to adequately respond to crime in the area or to specific threats to the property will likely fall below the property owner’s duty to use reasonable care in securing its property.
Also, failing to adequately maintain doorways and entryways can create serious risks. This is especially true in apartment buildings or office complexes, since third parties may seek to break into the building. Any access point for a property creates some hazards that a landlord may need to address in order to keep guests and occupants at a building or property safe.Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim for Compensation
If your loved one died in an attack by a third party at another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. This can cover the funeral expenses of your loved one, the loss of their expected net income, their conscious pain and suffering, and damages related to your relationship to your loved one, such as your loss of consortium. In order to receive compensation, however, our attorneys will need to prove certain elements.
In general, property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and that users or guests are provided with warnings about any known dangerous conditions. A landowner has a duty to make regular inspections and repairs to the property and to warn persons legally on the property about dangerous conditions. In the context of negligent security, your attorney must prove that the landowner owed your loved one a duty but the owner failed to provide sufficient security measures to protect them from the danger of an attack by a third party. Finally, we must also prove that the landowner’s failure to abide by this duty was a direct cause of your loved one’s fatal injuries. Our premises liability lawyers can help you assess your claim to see whether you may be entitled to compensation.Meet with an Experienced Negligent Security Lawyer in the Boston Area
There is no amount of money that can make you whole after losing a loved one to a fatality caused by negligent security. Our seasoned team of legal professionals can help you evaluate your claim and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation. We offer a free consultation and serve families in the areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield. Call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online to get started. We also represent families affected by fatal construction accidents, car crashes, and other accidents that cause a devastating loss of life.