Handling Injuries Resulting From Inadequate Security in New York & New Jersey
Parking lots, apartment buildings, and commercial garages can all be dangerous places when they are poorly maintained and lack adequate security. All property owners have a responsibility to provide a safe environment. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in accidents across New Jersey and New York each year. In many cases, innocent people are left with serious injuries due to the negligent acts of others. When poor security or lighting leads to serious accidents, owners can and should be held accountable. What victims may not know is that they have various legal options available to them when they suffer devastating injuries on another person’s property.
When you are injured, you have every right to protect yourself. For this reason, it is crucial that you seek the assistance of a premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. At the New York and New Jersey law offices of Metro Law, our attorneys stand up to property owners and businesses on behalf of personal injury victims to achieve the compensation they deserve. Legal claims against negligent property owners provide victims with the ability to collect compensation for lost wages and medical treatment they need to recover as well as various other financial burdens resulting from their accidents. We can show the effects of inadequate security on your situation and your injuries.
Our lawyers at Metro Law are committed to providing the most responsive and effective representation for our clients to ensure they are able to hold negligent property owners accountable. Contact our New York and New Jersey premises liability lawyers as soon as possible to get started on your case.
Your Bridge To The Law
Both landlords and businesses have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Inadequate security can lead to criminal activity, causing avoidable injuries. From direct consequences, such as rape and muggings, to indirect consequences, it is important that someone holds them responsible, especially when simple precautions could have prevented the incident.
Landowners may be liable for your injuries if they failed to provide:
- Working door locks
- Video cameras
- Security personnel
- Adequate lighting
- Warning signs
If you are harmed in an accident as a result of inadequate security, you must take legal action quickly. Seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable premises liability lawyer at Metro Law can help to ensure you are able to get justice.
The Responsibility for Safety
In New Jersey, property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their property is safe for invited guests. When victims are harmed as a result of inadequate security, it is crucial that they prove the owner of the home did not fulfill their responsibility for safety. In order to prove this, injured parties must be able to prove that one of the following factors existed.
The property owner knew about a risk and did not address it. There are numerous instances where owners are aware problems exist on their property. If a property owner fails to implement adequate security on their property, despite knowing the potential for dangers and crime rates in their area, they can be held liable for injuries resulting from their negligence.
The owner of the home should have known about risks on their property. It is assumed that property owners are aware of all of the conditions present on their property. If there is a high crime rate in the area, it is assumed that the property owned by the defendant could be the location of a crime. If the property owner did nothing to protect guests from being shot, stabbed, assaulted, or harmed in some way due to the actions of another person, they can be held liable. It is presumed that property owners are aware of the issues that exist in the area of their homes and businesses. For this reason, the court can still find the property owner negligent and liable.
The owner of the home cannot claim ignorance of the risk. Just because a property owner or manager may not have known about an issue does not mean they are completely without liability. If there has been a recent attack in the area, a property owner cannot escape liability simply because the violent act did not take place directly on their land.
Factors that increase risk of injury: It is essential that property owners are able to recognize the risks that are on their property and take various proactive steps to ensure the safety of others. For example, adding cameras in areas of high crime, adding extra lights to dark parking garages, or having security guards at busy nightclubs. It is crucial for property owners to address problems quickly and secure their areas to prevent incidents from happening.
If you are injured at the home or business of another person, due to inadequate security, you may have legal options available to help you recover. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free case review at your earliest convenience.
Meeting with Metro Law about Your Case
If you were harmed while visiting a home or a business in New York or New Jersey, due to inadequate security measures, you may have legal options available for you. It is essential that you bring all the evidence you have with you to your consultation. Doing so will provide the most insight into your case and help our team get a better idea of what took place that led to your injuries. You will want to bring any audio or video recordings, photographs, medical bills, and police reports.
You will want to bring any evidence you have to demonstrate how many people were involved, who suffered injuries, and how they were injured. If you suffered injuries that will cause life-long disabilities or mental and physical problems, bring medical bills and all evidence of lost earning capacity and other economic and non-economic damages you face.
Some potential evidence you should bring, whenever available, includes:
- Photos of injuries
- Police reports or notes
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness statements and/or contact information
- Doctor notes and bills
- Medical records related to your injuries
It is essential that you seek legal guidance within the statute of limitations. Doing so will ensure you are able to pursue legal options available to help you recover the compensation you need moving forward.
We Will Help You Gather Evidence in Support of Your Claim
People commonly suffer injuries in accidents caused by inadequate security across New Jersey and New York. In numerous instances, those harmed are left with debilitating injuries. In some cases, victims are able to contact a personal injury attorney in New Jersey to pursue various legal routes. When the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of property owners were a contributing factor to their injuries, victims are able to collect compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face.
In order for a victim to file a successful legal claim against the at-fault party, it is crucial that they present evidence in support of their claim. This evidence is critical in showing who is at fault, how the at-fault party contributed to the injuries, and why they should be held accountable. It is crucial to understand the types of evidence that can be used in support of your claim. Our New Jersey and New York lawyers at Metro Law will help you present the strongest evidence possible to prove your case and help you recover. Some of the types of evidence we will present for your case include:
- Pictures from the scene of the accident
- Crime history reports for the property and area
- Any reports of negligence against the property or the owner
- Medical reports surrounding your injuries and the necessary treatment
- Police reports pertaining to the incidents
- Witness testimony
Our New Jersey and New York premises liability lawyers will create the strongest case possible to ensure you are able to get justice. We will use the evidence and information gathered to aggressively negotiate full and timely compensation on your behalf. If we are unable to come to a settlement agreement, we are well-prepared to provide you with knowledgeable and fearless representation in the trial. Contact our law firm today to get started on your case.
Compensation Available for You
Being harmed in an accident can be extremely difficult to deal with. Not only are victims forced to endure painful physical and emotional injuries, but they often deal with financial consequences that cripple their abilities to maintain their homes, tend to their injuries, and focus on their recovery. For this reason, the states of New York and New Jersey allow victims to file legal claims that can help them recover financial compensation for various damages they face. If you are harmed as a result of inadequate security, you may have legal options available to help you get justice.
Some of the damages our team at Metro Law can help you recover include compensation for:
Medical Expenses: Victims who are harmed in accidents are able to recover compensation to help cover the medical costs they face. Not only will our lawyers at Metro Law help you get compensation for surgery and hospitalization, but we will fight to ensure all of your long-term care expenses are fully covered as well.
Lost Wages: Being injured as a result of inadequate security means you will most likely have to take time off work to recover. For this reason, you may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate all the lost wages resulting from you having to attend appointments, go through surgery, or take time off to recover. When victims are unable to return to work due to permanently disabling injuries, we help them collect financial compensation for the earnings lost over the remainder of their careers.
Pain and Suffering: Individuals harmed in accidents due to the negligent acts of others may be entitled to restitution for the mental and physical pain and suffering endured as the result of their accidents. We help accident victims collect restitution for loss of consortium, mental health treatment, and other sufferings they deal with.
Punitive Damages: In some cases, particularly when victims are hurt due to the extreme negligence of a property owner, they may be able to obtain punitive damages in addition to the economic and non-economic damages they recover. These awards do not compensate a victim for any particular loss. Instead, they are awarded as a form of punishment toward wrongdoers.
Wrongful Death: When people lose their lives due to injuries resulting from inadequate security, we help their families collect wrongful death benefits to cover funeral arrangements, burial services, and other end-of-life costs endured.
Working with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney will ensure you have the best chance of recovering the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
Stand Up For Your Rights
Being injured in an accident can be devastating. In numerous cases, victims are forced to undergo extensive medical treatment and spend weeks in area hospitals and months recovering. In many cases, victims have to go through rehabilitation and therapy for several months. Regrettably, there are many incidents that are caused by inadequate security that leave victims with permanently disabling injuries that continue to impact the health and wellbeing of victims for the rest of their lives.
If you are harmed as a result of a negligent property owner, you should reach out to our premises liability lawyers at Metro Law as soon as possible. Our lawyers will stand by your side throughout the entire legal process to ensure you get justice. In addition to fighting for your legal rights in court, we will make sure you get the medical care you need. Do not take any chances with your health after an accident.
Our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. Offering free initial consultations, we are available during our weekly business hours, as well as weekend and evening appointments. Spanish and Portuguese translations are available in-house. Contact us at (973) 721-9984.