Idaho is home to many commercial buildings, apartments, and businesses. Although Idaho as a whole has one of the nation’s lowest crime rates for non-violent property crime, even small towns can see a significant amount of crime, according to FBI statistics. No matter where you live, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. It is also important to know your rights if you have been injured on someone else’s property.
Property owners have a duty not only to maintain safe property conditions, but to reduce foreseeable dangers. When people are injured by third parties, property owners may be held responsible for failing to provide adequate security. These injuries can include muggings, physical assaults, and emotional distress brought on by violent attacks.
Examples of Negligent Security
When someone enters an apartment building, an office, a restaurant, a bar, a hotel, or even a school, he or she has a reasonable expectation of safety in that building, including protection from third parties.
Under a theory of premises liability, property owners have an obligation to make their buildings safe by installing and maintaining adequate lighting and surveillance cameras. In some cases, they must also provide security guards as well as adequate fencing, gates, and locks. Attacks can happen in parking lots, in alleys between buildings, and in public transit areas, such as train stations and bus stops.
This duty of care varies depending on the type of property. For example, a nightclub owner has an obligation to hire suitable security personnel to ensure patrons are not injured by third parties who engage in physical violence. This type of altercation is a foreseeable risk in an establishment that sells alcohol. In the most devastating cases, a person is killed or suffers a sexual assault due to a property owner’s negligent security.
Were You a Victim of Negligent Security?
If you or someone you love has been injured by a third party due to inadequate lighting, a lack of locks, or some other unsafe property condition, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the property owner.
Ruchti & Beck, PLLC – Idaho Injury Lawyers
Were your personal injuries caused by a third party in an apartment, parking lot, or other building? The personal injury lawyers at Ruchti & Beck, PLLC can answer your questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (208) 478-5100 to discuss your case.
This website has been prepared by Ruchti & Beck, PLLC for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.