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IL accident lawyerProperty owners and possessors have a duty of care to keep their property reasonably safe for invited guests to the property. This includes properly maintaining the property, taking reasonable steps to remove environmental hazards, and providing adequate security. When a property owner or possessor fails to uphold his or her duty to maintain a safe property and someone is injured or killed as a result, a premises liability claim can help the injured person or surviving family members recover compensation. Although many people typically think of things like broken staircases or wet floors when they think about premises liability, inadequate security can also lead to a premises liability claim.

Insufficient Building Security Can Lead to Injuries

Understandably, property owners cannot be held responsible for acts of violence that are unforeseeable. However, when a person is injured in an attack and that attack could have been prevented through better security, the property owner may be considered negligent.

For example, imagine the following scenario: A hotel owner is notified that many of the locks on the hotel doors do not actually work. However, he ignores the problem and continues to rent the rooms with defective locks to hotel guests. A guest is sexually assaulted when an attacker easily gains entry into her hotel room. In this scenario, the owner who failed to maintain adequate security could be held liable for the woman’s damages.

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysBeing the victim of a violent attack is one of the scariest experiences a person can endure. If you have been the victim of an assault, sexual assault, robbery, or other act of violence, you know just life changing the experience can be. Victims of violence are often left with serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, internal organ damage, and more. Often, the psychological harm caused by an attack is just as damaging as the physical harm. The victim may be afraid to be alone or even avoid leaving his or her house for long periods of time. When an attack is caused by inadequate security, it is possible that the owner of the property on which the attack occurred may be liable.

When is a Property Owner Liable for Acts of Violence?  

Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises reasonably safe for guests to that property. In many cases, an inadequate security lawsuit hinges upon the question of foreseeability. A property owner cannot be expected to prevent every possible injury to guests. However, if the property owner knew that other people had previously been harmed on his or her property due to insufficient security measures and did nothing to improve security, he or she is more likely to be considered partially responsible for an attack. If the assailant is caught, he or she will have legal liability as well. The injured person may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, ongoing medical care, lost income, and more.

Bringing a Successful Premises Liability Claim for Inadequate Security

Depending on the circumstances of an attack, the wrongdoer may be caught and charged with a criminal offense such as assault or battery. Criminal charges are often helpful in proving the validity of a personal injury claim against a property owner, but they are not necessary. In order to bring a successful injury claim you will need to prove to the court that:

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