Little Rock Inadequate Security
Over the past few years, Little Rock has found itself on lists involving the most dangerous cities in the United States, primarily due to its number of violent crimes per capita. In 2016, for instance, there were a total of 712 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 3,260 property crimes per 100,000 people. Many injured victims are not aware that under Arkansas law, business owners have a duty to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect patrons, guests, and tenants from third party criminal attacks. Failure to provide reasonable measures of security could result in the business or property owner being liable for the injuries you or a loved one sustained. If you have been injured at the hands of another on a commercial property, call our Little Rock inadequate security lawyers today for a free consultation.Third Party Attacks on Commercial Property in Little Rock
Inadequate security cases often revolve around the reasonableness of measures the commercial property owner took to prevent criminal attacks from third parties. In Arkansas, many inadequate or negligent security cases are asserted against bars, restaurants, night clubs, malls, shopping centers, and apartment complexes for crimes committed on the property such as assault, burglary, kidnapping, homicide, arson, and rape. These cases are highly fact-specific, and fault is typically assessed on a case by case basis. If the victim was killed as a result of the attack, Arkansas’ wrongful death laws will come into play.
While the perpetrator’s charges are pending in criminal court, establishing the foreseeability of the criminal activity is often required to successfully bring a claim against a commercial property owner for negligent security in civil court. The following are just a few factors to consider as part of the analysis.
- Lighting – were parking lots and walkways illuminated enough to deter criminals from entering the premises?
- Security guards – did the property owner hire competent and/or qualified security guards?
- Security cameras – did the facility have cameras, and if so, were they working?
- Repair of fences, doors, and windows – had the property owner addressed potential areas of the property that would allow for easy access to potential attackers?
- Ownership or management’s response to threats – had the property owner or manager properly responded to threats and investigated suspicious activity on the premises?
- Criminal activity – is the commercial property located in a high-crime area? Had crimes recently been committed on or adjacent to the property?
If you have been injured by a third party attacker on the premises of a commercial property in Pulaski County, it is important to contact an inadequate security attorney in the Little Rock area immediately so that proper steps are taken to preserve evidence that could support your claim. An experienced attorney will swiftly notify the property owner of our representation and formally request that they safeguard any and all evidence that could be attributable to what happened. For instance, a lawyer can demand the preservation of security camera footage, maintenance or repair logs, criminal activities reported to the property owner or manager, and security files. If steps are not taken to immediately investigate an accident, critical evidence can be altered, destroyed, or lost in the ordinary course of business. This could mean the difference in you recovering full compensation for your losses and suffering or nothing at all.Speak with a Little Rock Inadequate Security Attorney Today
Severe and traumatizing injuries often result after criminal attacks. On most occasions, the criminal who attacked you will not have the available resources to compensate you for your injuries, and even if they do, the perpetrator will have to be identified and caught by police. However, all is not lost. If you were on a commercial property and reasonable security measures were not taken to protect you from a foreseeable attack, you may be able to bring a claim against the property owner or manager with the assistance of an inadequate security lawyer in Little Rock. People injured due to a commercial property owner’s failure to provide proper security should contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our law firm serves victims across Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Many of the people who have sought our assistance have come from communities such as Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a premises liability attorney. NST is the way to go.