Most people are familiar with slip and fall cases, dog attacks, and other types of premises liability cases. Plaintiffs in premises liability cases typically allege that a property owner is responsible for maintaining safe property conditions for guests and visitors to the property. What many people do not know is that property owners may also be responsible when a guest is injured as a result of a violent crime that occurs on his or her property, even when the property owner has no relationship to the criminal. Montebello premises liability attorneys know that violent crimes, unfortunately, do happen, but when violent crimes occur in places that should have had better safety measures in place, property owners may be responsible for resulting injuries and damages.
Under California premises liability law, property owners and managers have a duty to use reasonable care to protect guests from someone else’s harmful conduct if the property owner could reasonably anticipate such conduct. This does not mean that property owners are automatically responsible for injuries resulting from violent crimes that took place on their property, however. The key to negligent security claims in California is the foreseeability factor. If the owner should have or could have reasonably anticipated such crimes taking place, he or she may be responsible for negligent security on his or her property.
Factors that may affect whether or not a violent crime and resulting injuries were reasonably foreseeable include the following:
Negligent security claims frequently occur in places such as:
If you have sustained injuries due to a lack of security on someone else’s property, contact a Montebello premises liability attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a consultation.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.