As a tenant of an apartment complex or a visitor, you rely on the owner of the complex to make proper repairs and to take the complaints of tenants and visitors seriously. One potential safety failure in an apartment complex concerns the lighting. If the lighting is poor, a criminal party may gain access to an apartment complex and commit violent attacks, such as burglary, rape, assault, or murder. If you were injured or attacked due to poor lighting in an apartment complex, the Memphis negligent security attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to help you bring a claim against the owner of the complex. We represent people throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. NST has 32 attorneys with strong credentials and 100 staff members, which makes us the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee.Pursuing a Claim for Injuries Caused by Poor Lighting
If poor lighting was a cause of your injuries, because of either a slip and fall or a third-party attack, you may be able to recover damages. One primary issue is foreseeability—whether the apartment complex knew or should have known that poor lighting would lead to harm. In order to establish negligence, you may need to show a prior history of similar incidents in the area, the measures that similarly situated apartment complexes have taken, and the costs and benefits of those measures. In some cases, your attorneys may need to work with security experts to determine whether the management cut corners to avoid paying for repairs or issuing appropriate warnings to tenants and visitors.
The longer that a dangerous condition like poor lighting existed, and the more complaints that a landlord received about it, the more likely it is that you will be able to show that the landlord knew or should have known about a foreseeable threat. It is important if you know of a safety concern to report it to your landlord.
In most states, there is a duty to take steps to avoid open and obvious dangers and also a duty to mitigate damages. This means that it is important to immediately report a security failure, such as poor lighting, to your landlord and keep written records of when you reported it. It may be difficult to prove notice without any tangible evidence of when a landlord became aware of complaints.
If you can establish a negligent security claim, you may be able to recover compensatory damages, including lost wages, medical bills, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. These may be reduced to the extent that a jury finds that you bear any sort of fault for your injuries. Property owners and insurers are likely to try to blame the victim, so it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to begin investigating the case, interview witnesses, and help preserve evidence.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Negligent Security Attorney in Memphis or Beyond
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of poor lighting at an apartment complex, the Memphis negligent security lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assert your right to compensation. Our firm serves injured people throughout Tennessee, as well as in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri. Many of our clients have come from cities such as Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Haiti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 1-800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. Whenever you need an injury attorney, NST is the way to go.