Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer
by Slepkow Law

Inadequate Security is a specialized area of Premises Liability and Personal injury Law. Negligent Security cases in Rhode Island involve the failure of a business from implementing proper security for people who are invited onto the premises. These types of cases are pursued when such negligence fails to prevent a criminal act to a person lawfully on the property and such negligence causes an injury to a person.

Negligent security lawyer in RI

Negligent Security Lawyer

Businesses who could be liable for negligent security in Rhode Island include: supermarket,  stadiums, mall, shopping center, apartment building, motel / hotel, restaurants, condominium, entertainment centers and or bars

These RI Businesses can only be held liable if they owed a duty to the person to protect them against a criminal act of a third person and if the business failed to implement reasonable security measures against foreseeable risks. Proper security measures may include: lighting, security guards or personnel, proper and adequate locks et. If the business owner breaches a duty it owes to the business invitee by unreasonable security measures to deter crime then the business owner can be held liable.

“Criminal activity can affect any of us. Negligent security is a species of premises liability dealing with civil redress for crimes and violent acts. It is the basis by which an individual injured by a third party tries to hold liable the owner or tenant of the property where a criminal injury is inflicted. The injury in a negligent security case may arise out of robbery, rape, assault, or battery.” Justia

Inadequate Security Attorney

Inadequate Security cases are one of the few examples when a person or entity can be held liable for a criminal act or assault by a third party. Inadequate or negligent cases can be pursued as a result of an assault and battery, rape, murder, robbery, drive by shooting, assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault or any other type of crime. Please contact Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow concerning your RI Premises Liability case. 401-437-1100

Inadequate negligent security refers to situations where property owners or managers fail to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of their premises, leading to injuries or deaths. This can occur in various settings, including residential properties, commercial establishments, parking lots, and more. When such incidents happen, victims or their families may pursue legal action. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Elements of a Negligent Security Lawsuit: To succeed in a negligent security lawsuit, the plaintiff (injured party or their family) typically needs to establish the following elements:
    • Duty of care: The property owner or manager had a legal duty to provide reasonable security measures.
    • Breach of duty: They failed to meet this duty by not implementing adequate security measures.
    • Causation: The inadequate security directly led to the injury or death.
    • Damages: The plaintiff suffered actual damages as a result.
  2. Security Measures: Property owners and managers have a duty to take reasonable steps to provide security on their premises. This may include measures such as proper lighting, security personnel, surveillance cameras, access control systems, and more, depending on the nature of the property and its location.
  3. Types of Cases: Inadequate negligent security cases can arise in various situations, such as:
    • Assaults or violence on the property.
    • Sexual assaults.
    • Robberies or thefts.
    • Inadequate response to known dangers or criminal activity.
  4. Evidence: Gathering evidence is crucial in such cases. This may involve security camera footage, incident reports, witness statements, and expert testimony to establish the breach of duty and causation.
  5. Statute of Limitations: There is a time limit (statute of limitations) within which a lawsuit must be filed. The specific time frame varies by jurisdiction, so it’s important to consult with an attorney promptly.
  6. Damages: In successful cases, plaintiffs may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and, in the case of wrongful death, funeral expenses and other related costs.
  7. Legal Representation: If you believe you have a negligent security case, it’s essential to consult with an attorney experienced in personal injury law or premises liability. They can evaluate the specifics of your case and guide you through the legal process.

Remember that laws and regulations may vary by jurisdiction, so it’s crucial to seek legal advice tailored to your specific situation from a qualified attorney.

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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