Premises liability law requires premises owners to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of visitors and guests. As such, property and business owners that fail to keep their guests free from preventable harm can be held liable for any injuries victims suffer as a result. While premises liability can be applied to a number of situations and accidents that occur on another's property, including slip and fall accidents, incidents that result from negligent or insufficient security also account for a fair percentage of premises liability claims.
As premises owners are obligated to provide safe environments, they can be held responsible for their failures to do so. By not providing adequate or sufficient security, premises owners place visitors and guests as risk for suffering damages during third party altercations. These can include assaults and batteries, robberies, sexual assaults, and other various circumstances. These types of altercations could have reasonably been prevented had measures been enacted to address potential dangers. Examples of the places where these events commonly take place include:
The primary element to address in these types of premises liability cases is whether premises owners knew, or should have known, about the potential dangers their visitors and guests faced. Such dangers may be readily apparent given the type of environment or business involved, such as a bar or nightclub where the risk for third party altercations is high. Additionally, our Rhode Island premises liability attorneys conduct thorough investigations into the history of criminal activity and police reports at the facility in question and the surrounding area.
When working to clearly establish the liability of a premises owner for failing to provide adequate security, our legal team structures our efforts around highlighting that a reasonable person should have known about potential dangers. This can be accomplished through meticulous investigation and a presentation of the facts, such as high-crime areas where the incident took place. By demonstrating this fact, we can prove that premises owners should have known about the dangers and that they should have taken reasonable measures to protect guests. If they did not, meaning that they failed to provide the security needed, they can potentially be held liable for any physical, emotional, and/or financial damages suffered by an injured victim.
With more than 25 years of experience, our legal team has accumulated the skills needed to effectively apply premises liability law to the various circumstances of the clients we represent. In negligent or insufficient security cases, we make it a point to personally attend to your case and support you throughout the entire legal process. Whether your case can be resolved through settlement negotiations or through litigation, you can be confident knowing that our Rhode Island personal injury lawyers have proven their strengths in effectively producing favorable results in either situation.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a third party altercation on another's property, allow our firm to hold the premises owner liable for their negligent or insufficient security and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC to schedule a free consultation.