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Negligent security claims are on the rise in Texas

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2022 | Personal Injury

Violent crime has increased in Texas and all over the United States over the last several years. Several factors have contributed to this spike, including an increase in gun purchases and a lack of enforcement by police. If an incident happens on your property because of a lack of security, you could face a lawsuit for negligence.

What constitutes negligent security?

When violent crimes occur, victims will often claim negligent security based on the duty of care that property owners have to provide a safe environment. These cases represent a significant number of premises liability claims. Examples of negligent security include:

  • Insufficient lighting
  • Lack of security guards, locks and security devices
  • Security guards who don’t perform their duties

Negligent security cases require significant investigation. They rarely go to trial but usually result in settlements through insurance carriers. When cases go to trial, they receive widespread media coverage and bad publicity for the business involved in either scenario. Negligent security ends up being expensive.

Not all companies have property insurance policies that cover negligent security claims. In these cases, lawsuits will usually go to court, especially if victims’ injuries are extensive and severe.

Obtaining justice in negligent security situations.

A wide range of acts can lead to personal injury and a negligent security claim. Businesses that do not have good risk management practices in place, like providing regular training for staff and ensuring that all equipment is working and regularly maintained, or not investigating possible criminal activity, put themselves at risk for violent incidents.

If you or your loved ones have suffered due to a company’s negligence, you have the right to file a lawsuit to compensate for your injuries and suffering. Proceeds from a successful claim can help your recovery and provide you with funds to live comfortably.

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