Most New Yorkers feel relatively safe going about their activities in the city. That’s not always the case in every neighborhood. Some NYC neighborhoods are more crime-prone than others. Property owners in those areas have a legal duty to take proper precautions to keep you safe–whether you’re visiting the grocery store or walking into your own apartment.
When security is inadequate and you’re attacked, you may have a case for compensation. That’s true even if your attacker is criminally prosecuted for the attack. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we’re here to fight to get the money you need.
We’re always available to discuss your options. If you were hurt due to inadequate security, don’t hesitate to call an experienced New York City premises liability lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
Call Our New York City Injury Lawyers For Help With Your Negligent Security Claim
Attack victims are often unaware that property owners have a duty to provide adequate security to keep you safe. In other words, if you were hurt, the property owner can be held financially responsible.
But that doesn’t mean it will be easy to get them to take responsibility. Even though property owners have insurance, they usually try to avoid accepting fault. Having an experienced attorney by your side gives you the best chance of getting fair compensation.
In a complex injury case, you don’t want to trust your finances to just any lawyer. You need someone who specializes in personal injury law. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our NYC personal injury lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping injury victims across the city.
When you hire us, we’ll take a vested interest in protecting your rights. That means your lawyer will:
- Investigate your particular attack
- Investigate the neighborhood, examining crime statistics and reports of violence in the area
- Find out what types of security the property owner installed
- Determine what types of security the property owner should have installed, given the neighborhood’s history of crime
- Fight back when insurance companies try to avoid liability by blaming the victim
We work with respected medical and financial experts to find out what your case is really worth–and will fight to get every dollar you deserve. For more information about how we can help, call for a free consultation today.
Why is Adequate Security Important in New York, NY?
In June 2020, there were 205 shooting incidents reported across New York City. Homicide rates increased by over 20% during the first six months of 2020. For June 2020, 109 rapes and 1,943 assaults were reported to NYPD. Of course, these statistics reflect ongoing NYPD budget cuts amidst challenges posed by rioting and the coronavirus threat.
Generally, about 7,790 violent crimes are reported in the city every year. Of course, some neighborhoods fare better than others. In Manhattan, the chances of being a victim of a violent crime are one in 209.
What is Negligent Security?
“Negligent security” is a type of premises liability claim. It’s used to describe situations where a property owner failed to install reasonable and necessary security to keep visitors safe.
Negligent security cases are fact specific. In other words, security precautions that are adequate to ensure the safety of people in one location might be negligent in another.
Property owners who should reasonably foresee the potential for crime in the neighborhood have a responsibility to install security. That security might include:
- Proper lighting
- Physical security guards
- Security cameras
- Adequate locks
- Making sure staff members are properly trained to respond to threats
What constitutes adequate security depends upon a number of factors. Those factors can include:
- Rate of past criminal activity in the area
- The type of establishment
- The property owner’s business hours
- The type of criminal activity that is foreseeable
- A police officer’s testimony that the location was dangerous
Importantly, the types of security measures needed at a crowded bar will differ substantially from those at a daycare center. These cases hinge on what is reasonable under the circumstances. When the property owner fails to install appropriate security, the owner can be held liable even though a completely unrelated party committed the crime.
How Do I Know If I Have a Premises Liability Case?
Every case involving negligent security is different. To determine whether you have a strong case, our lawyers will conduct our own investigation. In general, however, you may be entitled to recover damages if:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care (in other words, if you weren’t trespassing)
- The attack was foreseeable, meaning that the property owner should have reasonably foreseen it
- The property lacked security that could have prevented the attack and injuries
Speaking with an experienced New York negligent security lawyer is the best way to know whether you have a strong case. We evaluate your case for free at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C.–so there’s no risk in getting our opinion.
We Represent Clients Hurt Because of Negligent Security
A physical attack can cause severe and lasting injuries. Our personal injury attorneys handle all types of negligent security injuries, including those resulting in:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
Some attacks even lead to wrongful death. We represent the families of attack victims across New York City.
Our wrongful death lawyers will fight to get fair compensation to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
Who Can I Hold Responsible for Damages?
Our lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will investigate to identify anyone who might share responsibility for your injuries. Under New York law, multiple parties can be held liable for the same injuries if their actions contributed to those injuries.
Negligent Property Owners
The key to holding a property owner responsible for negligence is proving that the attack was foreseeable. In other words, that the owner should reasonably have known that an attack was likely to occur at some point in time.
Property owners who can be held accountable for failure to install adequate security include:
- Bars and clubs
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Business owners
- Shopping centers
- Mental health facilities
- Gas stations
- Schools and daycare centers
- Local transportation authorities
- Government entities responsible for maintaining public spaces
Our lawyers will work to get the evidence needed to establish liability and get the most available compensation for you. If you have questions about proving liability for negligent security, call our law firm to schedule a time to discuss your case.
You also have the right to sue your attacker personally for damages. From a practical perspective, many criminals don’t have insurance to cover your losses. The perpetrator can be held personally responsible in a civil lawsuit, however. That means you have the right to go after the perpetrator’s personal assets in addition to suing the property owner for damages.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Negligent Security Claim?
When you’re hurt, your medical bills are often just the tip of the iceberg. You might be unable to work for weeks or months. You might also need ongoing physical therapy, rehab, and even additional surgeries to get back on your feet again.
Our lawyers fight to make sure your settlement award fairly reflects those costs. A comprehensive settlement award should cover all expenses and losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Nursing care
- Modifications to your home
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
- And more
You may have a right to these forms of compensation, but you have to ask for it. We work with respected experts to properly value your claim. When you choose Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to protect your interests, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
If you’ve been hurt, help is just a phone call away. Give us a call anytime to discuss your case for free.
The Role of New York Contributory Negligence Law
If the insurance company tries to blame you, it’s important to remember that New York law allows injury victims to recover compensation even if they were mostly to blame for the accident. Speak with an attorney right away if the property owner or insurance company has already tried to blame you for the accident.
Statute of Limitations in New York City Negligent Security Cases
When negligent security results in injury, victims have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. In New York, the statute of limitations on filing this type of lawsuit is three years. The three-year period begins to run on the date of your attack.
Even if you aren’t fully recovered, our negligent security attorneys can go to work right away.
Call to Arrange a Free Consultation With a Skilled NYC Negligent Security Lawyer
If you were hurt because of someone else’s failure to act, you don’t have to navigate the legal system on your own. Our experienced accident attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will guide you through the entire process. We know what it takes to successfully handle personal injury cases and are ready to put our skills to work for you.
To learn more about your rights and establish an attorney-client relationship, schedule a 100% free consultation with an experienced NYC negligent security lawyer today.