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A lack of security cameras can cause serious injury to the residents of a building because it exposes them to danger from third parties who engage in criminal activity. When a landlord or building owner makes their building available to the public, they are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that any occupants of the building are safe. If you were injured by criminal violence that was caused by a lack of security cameras, you may be able to bring a claim against the negligent property owner to compensate for your injuries. These claims can be difficult to prove, so it is crucial that you contact an attorney immediately so they can begin to gather evidence for your case.
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The Basics of Lack of Security Camera Claims
Lack of security camera cases are a special type of personal injury lawsuit that falls within a category called “premises liability.” Premises liability cases are designed to allow occupants and visitors of a building to sue landlords or property owners that cause an injury by allowing a dangerous condition on their land. In this case, the dangerous condition is a lack of security cameras, which can lead to violent crimes such as assault, battery, rape, or kidnapping.
When filing a personal injury case, it is important to remember that the law allows for claims in instances of bodily injury. Therefore, a tenant or occupant cannot file a negligent security claim if they are a victim of theft. A loss of personal property can be filed with an insurance company in a property damage claim, but a bodily injury claim is separate. Instances of rape, battery, or any other harmful physical violence qualify as bodily injury and allow a plaintiff to file a personal injury claim.
Legal Issues with Third-Party Liability Claims
Cases concerning the lack of security cameras are classified as third party liability claims. This means that the plaintiff, a tenant or visitor, is suing the defendant, the landlord or property owner, for injuries that were inflicted by a third party, the criminal. These cases are separate from a criminal case that will impose punishment on the criminal. A third party liability claim seeks to compensate the victim with a financial settlement for their pain and suffering. Third party liability claims are notoriously complex, because they require that the plaintiff show that their injury was foreseeable by the negligent property owner. The victim must show that the property owner either was aware or should have been aware that a lack of security cameras would expose the building’s occupants to physical harm at the hands of a criminal third party.
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Attorneys for Victims in Lack of Security Camera Cases
Just because a third party liability claim is difficult to prove does not mean you shouldn’t file a lawsuit. Negligent landlords and property owners should be held responsible if they caused your injury. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible so that they can start working on your case, and you should also make sure you have an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. If you have any questions about lack of security camera claims, an experienced lawyer at Duffy & Duffy is available to help.