Defective Entrance Security Systems
Memphis Attorneys Skilled in Premises Liability Claims
Property owners have a duty to make sure that their premises are reasonably safe for tenants and lawful visitors. Often, this means that they need to make routine inspections of the property for broken lights, broken steps, rotting beams, balcony railings, working elevators, and other straightforward physical defects. Moreover, it also means that they should take adequate security measures as appropriate. This can be particularly true for apartment complex owners, since tenants expect their home to be a safe place. If you were injured by a third party due to a defective entrance security system, the Memphis negligent security lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to help you pursue compensation for your damages. As the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, we have more than 30 attorneys with excellent credentials and over 100 staff members. Our firm serves victims throughout Tennessee, as well as in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri.
Injuries Caused by Defective Entrance Security Systems
In order to recover compensation in a negligent security claim, a plaintiff will need to establish negligence and actual or constructive notice of the defect to the owner or occupier. Generally, premises liability law recognizes that owners and occupiers of property must use reasonable care with regard to people who are invited onto the premises. In the context of apartment complex safety, a duty to use reasonable care may extend to tenants who have an economic relationship with the owner of the premises and to their guests. There are some differences between negligent security claims and dangerous property condition claims. While a landlord cannot necessarily control criminal attackers, they can control the condition of the property.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has found that, at least in some cases, there is a special relationship between a landlord and a tenant that obliges the landlord to take reasonable measures of protection. The special relationship applies when a reasonable person can foresee the probability of violence in certain neighborhoods, and the seriousness of the potential harm outweighs the burden of taking measures to protect tenants. Accordingly, the court in a defective entrance security system case will need to balance the foreseeability of criminal attacks and how serious the potential harm would be with the feasibility of alternatives that could have prevented the harm.
An apartment owner that knows that an area is crime-ridden or that there have been criminal attacks in or very close to the complex probably should foresee that a tenant or their guest may be injured by an attack. Making sure that the entrance security system is working, even if doing so has some cost, may be necessary to protect tenants and guests from criminal conduct. Moreover, if an apartment owner voluntarily assumes the duty of providing an entrance security system, they should perform this duty with reasonable care by making sure that the system works. It is important to retain an attorney who understands the complex analysis related to duty and foreseeability in the context of negligent security claims and can retain a safety expert as appropriate.
Consult a Negligent Security Lawyer in Memphis or Surrounding Areas
After a criminal attack, most people suffer emotional trauma in addition to physical injuries. In some cases, a person who is attacked by a third party due to a defective entrance security system may have a claim against the manufacturer of the security system as well as the apartment owner. Victims who have been injured because of a defective entrance security system should contact the Memphis negligent security attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We represent individuals and families in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. You can contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation with an injury attorney. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.