Knoxville Inadequate Security
Inadequate security claims can arise when someone has been injured on the premises of someone else’s property, and the property owner did not take reasonable measures to protect that individual from reasonably foreseeable outside harm. What many innocent parties fail to realize is that while a third party actually committed the crime against them, they may have an avenue of recourse against the owner of the commercial property where the attack occurred, if inadequate security was provided. For over 25 years, the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have helped in excess of thousands injured people recover from the losses sustained due to the negligence of others. Call our Knoxville inadequate security attorneys today for a free consultation.Proving Negligent or Inadequate Security
Under Tennessee law, commercial property owners have a duty not only to make their property safe for patrons, but also, they have a duty to take reasonable measures to protect their patrons from third party attackers if they know or have reason to know that criminal acts are foreseeable. Knowledge can be established by actual or constructive notice, depending on the facts. An inadequate security attorney can advise Knoxville residents on which type of notice may apply. For example, if a commercial property has experienced several break-ins in the past and is located in a Knoxville neighborhood known to be a high-crime area, then a duty would exist to take sufficient steps compared to a commercial property with a history of zero break-ins that is located in a low-crime area.
Negligent security claims can be asserted against a variety of property types, including shopping malls, shopping centers, night clubs, apartment complexes, office buildings, and other commercial properties. Once a commercial property owner in Knoxville is (or should be) aware of potential danger to its customers, adequate safety measures should be taken in order to protect them from harm. Below are a few signs suggesting a property owner or manager may not have acted reasonably under the circumstances:
- Ignoring broken security gates, windows, or doors
- Hiring incompetent security guards or none at all
- Poorly lit parking lots, walkways, or stairwells
- Failing to investigate suspicious activity or responding once a threat occurs
- Lack of security cameras
- Broken gates and fences
Inadequate security claims generally arise from the intentional acts of a third party that cause an innocent party to suffer severe injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been victimized on a commercial property by one of the following crimes, you should contact an experienced inadequate security lawyer in the Knoxville area.
- Sexual assault or rape
- Assault and battery
After any criminal attack, you should contact the police immediately. The Knoxville Police Department is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard and may be reached by calling 911 or 865-215-7000. Not only can the police protect against future attackers, but they also will be able to conduct an on-scene investigation and collect valuable evidence and witness statements. This can help your attorney prove liability in your civil claim for damages.Speak with a Knoxville Inadequate Security Lawyer Today
Inadequate security cases are often complex and revolve around the specific facts surrounding the incident. Our team of inadequate security lawyers serves those injured from criminal attacks on commercial properties all across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri. Contact us toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our premises liability attorneys today. NST is the way to go.