Contact the Philadelphia negligent security lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC if you or a loved one has been injured. We can help you fight to get the compensation you need and deserve.
We offer a free consultation, so feel free to call our Philadelphia law offices today to learn more about negligent security and how our experienced lawyers can help you with your case.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After an Assault or Attack?
Business owners have a responsibility to take certain precautions to keep you safe when you visit. This might include installing cameras or hiring security guards if there’s a foreseeable risk of violent or criminal behavior on the premises. If owners fail to take these steps and you get hurt, they might be liable for your injuries.
However, they won’t just hand you a check. They’ll fight your quest for damages and might even try to blame you for getting hurt. Don’t let them off the hook. Call the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC and let us hold them accountable. We’ve been fighting on behalf of injury victims in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. After you’ve been attacked, we’ll work tirelessly for you, as well.
We’ll take a tough, no-nonsense approach to your case as we:
- Investigate to uncover why you were injured and if the attack could have been prevented
- Establish liability
- Stand up to property owners and insurance companies on your behalf
- Handle claims that you’re responsible for your injuries, and
- Work closely with experts as we determine what your injuries are worth.
We’ll handle all aspects of your case, from the moment you call until it’s resolved. That allows you to focus on getting better and recovering from your attack. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help with your premises liability claim today.
What is Negligent Security?
In Pennsylvania, negligent security refers to a property owner’s failure to protect guests and visitors from acts of violent crime that could have been anticipated. In other words, if an owner knows or should be able to anticipate that a third party might commit a violent act on the premises, they have to take certain steps to prevent that from happening.
So, negligent security simply refers to a property owner’s negligence in regard to reasonable security measures.
When Do Owners Have to a Duty to Implement Security Measures?
There’s no one right or wrong answer. It will vary from case to case. It often depends on:
- The type of business or establishment
- Where a business is located, and
- Past reported acts of criminal activity or violence in the area.
Does this mean that property owners only have to put security measures into place if there’s a documented history of crime or violence at their establishment or in the area? No. If it would be reasonable to believe that the premises could be the site of a crime or violent attack, that’s reason enough to establish a duty to protect guests.
What Security Measures Are Necessary?
Again, it depends. Specifically, it depends on (a) the type and level of the reasonably anticipated threat and (b) the type of business the owner is running. Depending on the anticipated threat, reasonable security measures might include:
- Security cameras
- Heavy-duty door locks and bolts
- Floodlights in parking lots and alleys
- Motion-sensor alarms
- Fencing or gates
- Appropriately trained staff
- Metal detectors, or
- Security guards.
Not every business in Philadelphia will need security guards. However, pawnshops or high-end jewelry stores might. Other businesses – such as convenience stores or restaurants – might only need more robust security if they’re located in high crime areas.
We Handle All Negligent Security Cases in Philadelphia
Property owners have a responsibility to keep you safe from foreseeable acts of violence. Why? Because inadequate security measures can result in:
- Other acts of harmful physical violence
- Sexual assault
- Theft, or
- Murder, intentional or unintentional.
It’s never easy to be the victim of an attack or assault. Whether you were held at gunpoint, attacked with a knife, or beaten, our Philadelphia law firm will be there to fight with you every step of the way. Call us to get started on your negligent security claim today.
Inadequate Security Can Result in Devastating Injuries
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we understand that being the victim of a crime can be devastating. It can change your life forever. That’s why we’ll stand up for you and work hard to recover compensation on your behalf. Our firm represents clients who, because of negligent security measures, have sustained:
- Broken bones
- Cuts or lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Eye injury
- Head injury, including concussion
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage, or
- Wrongful death.
Don’t see your injuries listed above? Give us a call to set up a time to talk with our legal team. We’ll review your case, explain your options, and address any questions you might have.
Damages Available to Victims of Negligent Security in Philadelphia
Negligent security is a type of premises liability matter. This means that you got hurt while visiting someone else’s property. When you file a premises liability lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages for things such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other types of emotional distress
- Disfigurement, and more.
We want to help you after an attack in Philadelphia. We’ll fight tirelessly to hold the property owners accountable if you got hurt because of inadequate security precautions. Contact our law firm today to learn more.
Sharing Fault Can Affect Your Negligent Security Claim
In Pennsylvania, you won’t automatically be barred from getting money if your own actions contribute to your injuries. However, under the state’s comparative fault rules, you must share no more than 50 percent of the fault. You will lose the right to recover compensation once you are allocated the majority of the blame.
It’s important to note that sharing fault will impact your financial recovery. Your award will be reduced to take your contribution into account, So, if you’re 30 percent at fault, your damages will be reduced by 30 percent.
Call our personal injury team if you’re being blamed for your injuries after an attack. We’ll work hard to uncover proof showing that negligent security is to blame, not you.
Statute of Limitation for Philadelphia Negligent Security Lawsuits
A brutal attack can change your life forever. You might have medical bills and be unable to work. The trauma of the attack can haunt you for the rest of your life. However, you won’t have that long to demand compensation from a negligent owner.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for negligent security lawsuits is typically two years from the date of your injury. You’ll be barred from getting any compensation, at all, if you don’t file your claim on time.
There’s a possibility that you might have more or less time to file your personal injury lawsuit. The only way to really know the timetable is by calling our negligent security lawyers as soon as you can after you get hurt. When you call, we can dive into your case and begin to fight for the money you deserve.
Call Our Philadelphia Negligent Security Lawyers Today
Did you or a loved one suffer an injury because you were attacked while visiting a business in Philadelphia? Could the assault have been avoided if the owner had taken certain steps to keep you safe? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for immediate legal advice and assistance.
Our Philadelphia negligent security lawyers will do everything we can to get you every dollar you deserve. Your initial consultation is free, so give us a call today.