Jackson, MS Inadequate Security
Under Mississippi law, commercial property owners not only have a duty to provide safe conditions for those with a legal right to be on their property, but they also have a duty take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable harm caused by third parties. People who have been attacked by someone on the premises of a commercial property (including an apartment complex, mall, office building, or shopping center) may believe they have no recourse other than to go after the individual attacker. On the contrary, if the landlord or property owner failed to provide reasonable security measures, they may be liable for the innocent party’s damages. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz our Jackson inadequate security attorneys understand that business owners must take certain steps to protect patrons and customers, and we have the resources to properly investigate these incidents and consult with experts as necessary.Signs of Negligent or Inadequate Security
If you or a loved one was attacked or hurt on someone else’s property, you may have a claim against the owner for inadequate security. Examples of third party crime include robbery, assault, burglary, rape, arson, kidnapping, and homicide. However, for the claim to be successful, the property owner and/or manager must have been able to reasonably foresee the attack. The below scenarios provide examples.
- Landlord 1 has had several burglaries in the last month at his business in Jackson, Mississippi. The lights in his parking lot are out and he decided not to continue using the security company he had been using for years. You as an innocent patron get assaulted as you are walking to your car.
- Landlord 2’s business is located in an area not known for crime. He has security cameras all around the premises, keeps it well-lit, and the parking lot entrance is protected by a security guard. You as an innocent customer get attacked as you are walking to your car.
In the above examples, an inadequate security attorney in Jackson might argue that Landlord 1 did not act reasonably under the circumstances. He had direct knowledge crime was occurring in the area but failed to take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable harm. On the other hand, Landlord 2 will most likely be found to have acted in a reasonable manner. In that example, the landlord was not on notice of any danger to his customers but still chose to take active security measures to protect customers.
Those who are victims of a crime should immediately contact the police. The Jackson Police Department can be reached by calling 911 or 601-960-1234 (for non-emergencies). Officers may be dispatched from their headquarters at 327 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 39205. The police can conduct an investigation and charge the individual perpetrator for committing the crime. Those charges will be handled in criminal court, while a claim for inadequate or negligent security goes through civil court.
An inadequate security lawyer in the Jackson area can assist you in recovering financial compensation for all you have had to endure. Elements of damages can include medical bills and lost income, and non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress, which are often severe for victims of crimes. If a loved one passed away, Mississippi’s wrongful death laws will come into play.Retain a Jackson Inadequate Security Lawyer Today
Attacks by criminals – shootings, assaults, burglaries, and more – often result in extensive physical and emotional injuries. Many of these injuries take years to overcome, while certain conditions can be permanent. The negligent security lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have served thousands of innocent victims all throughout Mississippi, as well as those injured in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Many of the people we have served have come from communities like Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Tupelo, Starkville, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free case evaluation with a premises liability attorney.