New York City Negligent Security Attorney
Liability for Injuries Resulting From Criminal Acts on Private Property
Property owners are not the guarantors of the personal safety of tenants, customers, visitors or passers-by, but there are circumstances under which a property owner can be held liable for injuries suffered at the hands of a third party, such as a violent assailant or sexual predator. The key inquiry in a negligent security case can be summarized: did the property owner have reason to know that people were at risk of criminal assault and fail to take reasonable steps to guard against the risk?
If you need advice about your legal rights in the aftermath of an assault, burglary or other loss that might have resulted from negligence in a property owner’s security arrangements, contact The Price Law Firm in Manhattan. We offer free consultations at (212) 675-1125 across the range of personal injury cases, and we usually handle these cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, we only collect an attorneys fee if we collect compensation for you through settlement or trial.
Negligent security litigation can be highly complicated, because the scope of a property owner’s specific responsibility for the safety of others depends a great deal on the circumstances of the case. The owner of a parking garage near Yankee Stadium will need to take protective measures different from those taken by that of a SoHo nightclub or a West Side apartment building.
Manhattan Law Firm for Negligent Security Litigation
Different areas, different businesses, and different daytime or nighttime activities present different security risks, and each location has its own history of criminal activity that should be taken into account in formulating protective measures. A property owner is not responsible for doing everything possible to prevent someone from getting robbed or raped, but instead is responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect against obvious risks.
One of our own past cases illustrates the general principle. When our client, a female resident of a first-floor Manhattan apartment, pointed out to the landlord that equipment and building supplies stacked near her window could allow an intruder to climb in, he ignored her. When she came home one day to find an intruder waiting for her, she was lucky to escape injury, but the landlord couldn’t settle with her fast enough.
Find out more how you can benefit from our experience with security issues in relation to premises liability litigation. Contact a New York negligent security lawyer at The Price Law Firm in Manhattan for a free consultation at (212) 675-1125.