Negligent security is an issue in Plano that contributes to crimes such as robbery, burglary, and physical assaults. It refers to a property owner’s neglect to properly secure a premises from criminals based on the area’s history and what a reasonable owner would do in the same circumstances. As a visitor or tenant on someone else’s property, you may have a claim against the owner after a crime that injures you if he or she is guilty of negligent security. The attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. can help you bring a claim to damages in Collin County, Texas. Please call (214) 200-4878 today for a free consultation.
Hiring an attorney to advocate for your best interests during a negligent security claim can give you all the information and advice you need for a strong case. Your lawyer can protect you from insurance companies that may otherwise try to take advantage of you. While you concentrate on moving forward from a criminal attack, your lawyer can negotiate a fair compensatory award from the property owner’s insurance provider on your behalf. An attorney can handle all the most difficult aspects of your claim while you spend your energy recovering.
Negligent security refers to the lack of employing appropriate safety protocols to deter criminals on a property with a foreseeable risk of crimes. If a property owner reasonably should have known of the propensity for crime (e.g. from a history of break-ins), the law holds that person to certain security standards. This may mean installing cameras, hiring a security guard, replacing locks, improving the lighting, screening tenants, posting warning signs or taking other measures to enhance safety, depending on the situation.
If a landowner negligently fails to take reasonable steps to prevent crimes on his or her property and a criminal attacks a visitor, the owner could be legally responsible for the victim’s damages. Texas’ premises liability laws allow you to seek damages from a negligent property owner as an injured visitor. You or your lawyer must prove the landowner owed a duty of care to you, violated this duty, caused the incident and that you suffered damages as a result to recover compensation. Attorney Aaron A. Herbert can help you craft a strong case against a property owner in Plano.
In Texas, you have two years from the date of a criminal attack to file a personal injury or premises liability claim. If you fail to pursue legal recourse within two years, you give up your right to hold the at-fault party responsible (in most cases). If prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against the defendant, this could extend your deadline to file. Note, however, that this would only apply in a personal injury case against the criminal, not a premises liability claim against the property owner. Speak to our attorneys for counsel about your specific deadline.
If you do have the elements of a negligent security claim in Plano, the at-fault property owner could owe you compensation for your losses. This could include payments for your physical injuries, property losses, property damage, emotional distress, psychological trauma, legal fees, and other economic or noneconomic losses. Discuss your unique case in more detail with an attorney at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. today during a free consultation. Request a meeting online or call (214) 200-4878.