The owner of a property (“premises”) who has reason to expect crime on its property has a legal obligation to deter and prevent criminals from committing crimes against others on the property. When property owners fail in this duty, due to the result of inadequate security and lighting, crimes like murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and rape are more likely to occur to innocent individuals, often resulting in death, or in life-long suffering to victims and their families. Under the law, the property owner may be responsible for paying damages resulting from criminal assaults committed on its property (“Premises Liability”).
It’s a commonly accepted principle that safety always comes first. No one should ever be subject to the physical and psychological trauma of suffering rape, assault or burglary.
Certain apartment complexes, hotels, stores and other establishments are targeted by drug-dealers, gang members, rapists and other criminals because they see little chance of being deterred during the crime or being caught after the crime, and because innocent victims are often readily available. These crimes often happen in apartments, hotels, unmonitored or poorly patrolled parking lots, and improperly secured office buildings. Many of these crimes could be prevented if adequate security measures are in place. Any property owner who can reasonably expect that a visitor, a tenant or a customer could be harmed during a criminal attack is required by law to take proper steps to prevent attacks. Failure to take proper steps might result in the premises owner being liable for the injuries to the victim.
If you or a loved one has been attacked or raped on the premises of an owner who was aware of a lack of security, or should have known that lack of security was an issue, you have a rightful claim. Count on Parvey & Cavenago to secure financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life.