Property owners have an obligation to make their premises safe — especially when they are frequently used and traversed by the public. In many instances, this goes beyond protecting people against a slip-and-fall accident: it involves ensuring adequate security measures are in place to prevent criminal attacks from occurring on the property.
Contact our Franklin inadequate security lawyers at Wood & Gresham, P.C., to discuss your questions and concerns during a free initial consultation.
Adequate Security Measures
By law, criminal attacks are considered "foreseeable events" when they can be reasonably expected to occur under the circumstances. For example, the owners of apartment complexes should take steps to discourage criminal activity by:
- Hiring security personnel
- Installing sufficient lighting
- Installing security cameras or "dummy" cameras
- Preventing hedges and bushes from growing too tall
- Providing tenants with sturdy locks and alarms on windows and doors
- Failure to warn tenants and patrons of recurring crime
The location of any given business or property will determine the extent of the security measures needed and employed.
Criminal Attacks Caused By Inadequate Security
When an owner fails to take important precautions in preserving a property's safety and someone is injured or killed as a result, the owner can be held responsible in a premises liability case. Negligent security cases in Massachusetts have been successfully prosecuted against a wide range of property owners and businesses, including:
- Shopping malls
- Bars and restaurants
- Schools and universities
- Parking lots
- Apartment and condominium rentals
Even a minor lapse in security — like a few lights that have burned out in a parking lot — can have devastating consequences. Inadequate security cases usually involve violent criminal attacks such as:
- Assault and battery
Our Massachusetts premises liability attorneys at Wood & Gresham, P.C., have years of experience protecting the rights of victims who have been injured in criminal attacks on unsafe premises.
Contact Our Experienced Foxborough Inadequate Security Lawyers
Call 508-384-2008 to contact Wood & Gresham, P.C., in Wrentham, Massachusetts to discuss your legal options if you or your family member has been injured or killed due to someone's negligence. We offer free consultations and can travel to meet you at your home. Let us use our unique experience to get the compensation you deserve. Our reputation often leads to favorable settlements for our clients.