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Were You Injured Due To Negligent Security? We Can Help.

Property owners in California owe a duty to visitors and guests to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and free from major hazards. That duty doesn’t stop with preventing slip-and-fall accidents or burn injuries, however. In some cases, property owners can be held liable for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent crime or protect guests from criminal attacks. These are known as negligent security claims.

If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one due to negligent security in a retail space, restaurant or other location open to the public, you can contact the Law Offices of John H. Howard to discuss your legal options. Our legal team has more than 40 years of experience advocating for the injured. We have secured numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients nationwide, including those injured by criminal acts.

Examples Of Negligent Security Claims

The following scenarios provide examples of a potentially actionable negligent security claim:

  • An apartment tenant is sexually assaulted by an intruder after the landlord knew the apartment locks were broken but failed to make timely repairs
  • A college campus experiences a mass shooting after campus security and administrators failed to act on a credible threat and warnings from concerned students
  • A sporting event patron is assaulted by other rowdy fans in the stadium parking lot, which was not patrolled by stadium security or even monitored by security cameras despite a history of similar events
  • Mall security guards respond to disruptive teenagers with overly aggressive tactics, causing serious injuries
  • An armed security guard at a bank fires his weapon in response to an attempted robbery and shoots an innocent bystander due to inadequate training

Anyone who commits a violent crime can and should be criminally prosecuted (and can be sued for civil damages as well). In some of the examples above, the negligence of property owners and managers also played a major role in allowing those crimes and injuries to occur. In others, property owners were negligent in hiring and training the security personnel responsible for very protecting guests.

To Contact Us About Your Legal Options:

Our office is in Oxnard, but we serve clients nationwide with a focus on the Tri-County area. We offer no-obligation consultations so that prospective clients can tell us their stories and learn how we can help. To schedule an appointment, call 805-309-9296 or submit an online contact form.