Tupelo Inadequate Security
Inadequate security cases arise when someone is on a commercial property and attacked by a third party. Under Mississippi law, the owner of the property or business has a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable harm from third parties. In this context, third parties are individuals not employed or connected with the commercial property that come onto the property and cause patrons harm. If you have been a victim of a violent attack at a business or apartment complex, you may be able to recover from the business or property owner for providing inadequate security. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Tupelo inadequate security attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients recover what they are legally entitled to, all while providing personal and individual service.What Constitutes Inadequate or Negligent Security?
Inadequate security cases are often complex and require a thorough investigation into the commercial property’s maintenance and security measures. To be successful, you must show that the commercial property owner acted negligently by failing to take reasonable preventative measures to protect against foreseeable harm, which could include burglary, assault, rape, or homicide. Below are a few common trends in inadequate security cases in Mississippi:
- Failure to have adequate security on the premises, such as security guards
- Failure to have adequate lighting in the parking lot and on the walkways
- Failure to fix broken security gates or fences
- Failure to have proper surveillance of the property
- Failure to respond to suspicious activity
One key to asserting a successful inadequate security case is showing foreseeability. Essentially, the injured party and an inadequate security lawyer in Tupelo must prove that the property owner knew or should have known about potential threats from outside parties to his patrons. For example:
- Commercial property A, a shopping center, is in an area of Tupelo known to be crime-free. In a five-mile radius surrounding the property, there have only been two reports of suspicious activity in the past year. The property is patrolled by a security guard and there is a gated entry and exit. One night, as you are walking back to your car, you get attacked by a carjacker.
- Commercial property B is an apartment complex in an area of town where numerous burglaries and assaults have occurred over the past six months. Moreover, the property itself has seen its fair share of break-ins. Here, the property does not have security, nor a gated entry, and multiple lights in the parking lot have been out for several weeks. One night, as you are walking back to your car, you get attacked by a carjacker.
Out of the two scenarios above, you should have a stronger case against the owner of commercial property B. There, the owner likely should have foreseen that potential third-party attackers could harm their patrons based on similar past events. These are just examples. No matter the situation, if you have been injured while on the premises of a commercial property in Tupelo, talk to our inadequate security attorneys about your case.Speak with a Tupelo Lawyer Today
Those who suffer from an attack by a third party often sustain serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. Many times, these injuries could be life-altering or even lead to death. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to inadequate security on a commercial property, the injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich &Trotz are here to help. The team at our Tupelo office is available to discuss your legal options with you 24/7, and our firm serves those injured all throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Many of the people we have served throughout the past 25+ years have come from communities like Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Cape Girardeau, 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. Let our Tupelo inadequate security lawyers show you why NST is the way to go.