Broken Lights Could Cause a Negligent Security Case

On Behalf of | May 15, 2019 | Firm News |

Security negligence is not a legal issue that many business managers consider when evaluating
maintenance responsibilities for their operation, but the failure to keep
lights in proper working order can assuredly be central to any claim.

While this can apply to retail businesses, it can be more of a concern
for rental companies that are required to provide reasonably safe walkways
for tenants and their visitors. Not only can the safety of the occupants
and visitors be a concern, but even parking security is also actually
a very serious issue for many people who live in a large housing complex
and are required to park their personal vehicle a long distance from their
rental property.

Criminal acts can occur quickly and unexpectedly, whether it is a personal
attack or a property damage issue, and even facilities that have video
monitoring can be ineffective when broken lights prohibit identification
of any perpetrators. Facility managers can easily be caught off guard
when lights go out at inopportune times, however, it is their responsibility
to ensure that these safety features are in working order at all proper times.

Proving Negligence

Regardless of the type of injury or damage suffered, it is always necessary
for the plaintiff’s legal counsel to prove negligence on the part
of the respondent party. This can be a difficult legal task even when
a broken light reduces visibility in a parking or walking area where people
move about in seclusion.

Even a fact as simple as failure to maintain repair records by the management
staff can matter, but many times it takes witness testimony to support
a claim of
security negligence when individuals are injured due to a lack of security.

Level of Liability

While a third party could be ultimately responsible for damages in certain
scenarios, the details of how the injury occurs makes a major difference,
and the level of responsibility for the management group can vary.

A comparative fault defense is also common when individuals are injured,
even in poorly illuminated areas, and a
diligent negligent security attorney will focus on the full extent of liability when crafting a solid case
for their client.

Potential Financial Recovery

Personal injury victims can typically receive compensation for medical
bills and lost wages when they are unable to work, and possibly general
damages for extended pain-and-suffering. The amount of compensation is
generally commensurate with the resulting damage, but egregious cases
of injury could result in a significant financial settlement for ongoing
complications of the particular injuries.

Never attempt handling an injury claim personally when an experienced negligent
security attorney can maximize your claim. In Atlanta, always call Pratt
Clay LLC for comprehensive representation.

Contact our firm at 404-566-9460 to discuss your case today.