Property owners are responsible for providing safe conditions for guests, customers, and other visitors, including security when reasonably necessary. And when they don’t meet that responsibility, serious and life-altering injuries can follow.

Negligent security cases fall under a specific area of tort law referred to as premises liability. Property owners have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for people who are on the premises, and that can include providing adequate security. When they fail to do so, our skilled premises liability attorneys can hold them accountable. Reach out to a Watertown negligent security lawyer at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC today for a free case review.

We Understand the Legal Standards in Negligent Security Cases

Business owners in Watertown have an obligation to provide a safe, secure environment on their property. These duties can be divided into four general categories:

Administrative Duty

There must be a system to report and collect information about criminal activity that occurs in or around the premises.

Employee Security

Employees and job applicants should be screened for criminal backgrounds, especially if the position involves working with the elderly or children. Employees should also be trained to recognize suspicious activity and respond appropriately.

External Security

Buildings, parking lots, and access areas should have security systems and sufficient lighting. These should be regularly maintained and kept in good working condition.

Interior Security

Hallways, elevators, stairwells, and rooms should have effective security measures in place.

Examples of conduct that may be considered inadequate security include:

  • Failure to keep locks in good repair
  • Security guard negligence
  • Not screening tenants or employees for criminal history
  • Failing to respond to warnings or reports of criminal activity
  • Insufficient lighting in parking lots or garages
  • Lack of security cameras
  • Overgrown bushes or trees

If our proactive attorneys in Watertown can demonstrate that the property owner could have foreseen that there was a security risk and that their failure to provide adequate security was the cause of your injury, we can file a negligent security claim for damages that you have sustained. A negligent security case is a civil remedy that is distinct from any criminal charges the State of Connecticut may file in connection with the same incident.

A Watertown Negligent Security Attorney Will Fight for the Compensation You Need and Deserve

Property owners who fail to meet their duties to provide a safe, secure environment should be held accountable to crime victims and their families. But they and their liability insurance carriers will fight tooth and nail to minimize your claim. We’ll listen empathetically to your story, launch our own investigation, and advocate for you in negotiations and, if necessary, at trial. We’re always prepared to go to court to advocate for victims, including honing our strategies in our in-house courtroom.

We firmly believe negligent property owners should not be let off the hook for crimes that happen on their premises. It’s not just a case; it’s about giving you space to rebuild your life and preventing other incidents from happening in the future. Contact us now for a free, fully remote consultation with a Watertown negligent security lawyer. We’d be honored to listen to your story and help you understand your legal options.