If you have been victimized at a motel, shopping center, parking lot, apartment building, or office complex, it can be difficult to determine who is ultimately responsible. If your assault or accident occurred on public property, however, the business owner or landlord may be partly to blame for your injuries, especially if adequate security measures were not taken to prevent such an attack. Inadequate security invites criminal activity, such as robbery, assault, and rape and falls under New York’s premises liability laws.

The most common claims associated with inadequate security are:

  • Inoperable or outdated locks on doors
  • Lack of perimeter fencing
  • Lack of video surveillance monitors
  • Absence of security alarms
  • Inadequate lighting in parking lots
  • Inadequate security
  • Poorly maintained landscaping

Property owners may also fail to provide adequate warnings about a known threat or prior criminal activity in the area. The security personnel may be non-existent, understaffed, poorly trained, unsupervised, unqualified, or flat out incompetent.

Inadequate security injuries can be severe and result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. As such, it is important to contact an experienced New York premises liability lawyer at Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C. immediately.

Your New York premises liability attorney at Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C. will need to investigate your incident closely to clearly establish if negligent or inadequate security was to blame for your injuries.

  • Did the property in question have a fully enclosed perimeter fence?
  • Was sufficient security provided by the owner of the property?
  • If criminal activity previously occurred, did the property manager inform tenants?
  • Did the property implement security cameras which were properly installed and monitored regularly?
  • Were all staircases, parking areas and walkways properly illuminated from dusk to dawn?
  • Was landscaping overgrown, leading to dangerous areas where criminals could hide?

You Have the Right to Be Safe

New York law states that property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are safe for tenants and visitors. Proper security measures such as security guards, cameras, and adequate lighting will obviously deter all but the most determined criminal; therefore, when reasonable security measures are not taken, property owners may be held liable


Achieving the Most Positive Outcome

The outcome of your security claim may hinge on whether the property owner could reasonably foresee that a violent crime could occur on the premises. In particular, if there were prior instances of violent crime at the premises or in surrounding areas, extra safety measures were definitely warranted. It may be necessary for your attorney to compile a comprehensive review of the property’s security history.

Inadequate Security Claims Fall under Premises Liability Law

Because claims of inadequate security turn on the assertion that the incident was the direct result of the property owner’s failure to maintain a reasonably safe condition, they are litigated under premises liability laws. It must be shown that a hazardous condition existed on the property in question, that the property owner was aware of the hazardous condition but failed to address it, and that the hazardous condition was the direct cause of your injuries.

Contact Talisman & DeLorenz P.C., Your New York Premises Liability Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in a premises liability accident in New York, and you believe that inadequate security led to your injuries, you need an experienced personal injury law firm on your side. At Talisman & DeLorenz, your New York premises liability attorneys understand that inadequate security cases are difficult to prove. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side from the start. Call us today at 1-212-422-9000 for a free consultation and review of your case or fill out our confidential online contact form.

Call us Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C. Members of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, today at 1-212-422-9000 for a free consultation and review of your case or fill out our confidential online contact form. You deserve a strong legal advocate in your corner who will look out for your rights and your future.