Colorado Springs Inadequate Security Attorneys
Most people know that if an accident happens on someone else's property due to negligence, the victim is entitled to be compensated under Colorado law. But maintaining a safe and secure premises extends beyond simple slip-and-fall accidents. For instance, if an assault occurs on a commercial property because the property manager failed to provide adequate security, they could be found liable for the victim's injuries.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we believe victims should be protected. If you were injured at a place of business or commercial property due to someone else's negligence, we can help ensure you are fully and properly compensated. Call our Colorado Springs premises liability lawyers today at (719) 475-2555 to learn how we can help you.
Premises liability refers to a category of law concerning a property owner's duty to ensure the safety of anyone legally visiting their property. Here in Colorado, the Colorado Premise Liability statute, C.R.S. §13-21-115, covers when and under what circumstances a property owner can be found liable for injuries that occur to visitors on their property. First of all, it defines who qualifies as a landowner: the person whose name is on the deed, an appointed agent of the owner, such as a property manager, or even a vendor who is operating on the property.
For instance, the "owner" for the purposes of a lawsuit might be a business leasing retail space in a mall where an accident occurs. It might also include a landscaper who failed to remove a dangerous limb from a tree that subsequently fell on the head of a passerby. In this case, the court might find that it was the landscaper's responsibility to maintain the tree, and thus, he is the one who owes the victim compensation.
Negligent security is a special category of premises liability. It might come as a surprise that even if a person's injury was willfully caused by a third party, such as during an assault, the owner of the property on which the crime took place might still be found liable for the bills. This is based on the principle that the owner of a property has a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for lawful guests.
For instance, the owners of a parking lot need to make sure that it is properly lit at night and monitored by security cameras, especially in an area of town where assaults or other crimes are known to happen on a regular basis. Adequate security may include other measures, such as the presence of security guards. Bars regularly employ bouncers to help make sure fights don't break out, because it's a recognized fact that inebriation can increase the likelihood of violence.
Negligence has likely occurred if multiple attacks or incidents have happened at the same location. Even one prior occurrence should be enough to warn the owner or manager of that location that action needs to be taken to protect patrons and ensure no one is hurt again.
Victims are entitled not only to recover expenses directly associated with their injuries, such as hospital fees, but also for rehabilitation, counseling, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Crime-related injuries can often be avoided when the proper preventative measures are put in place by property owners.
We believe that no one should be left holding the bill for someone else's negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the lack of adequate security, please contact one of our dedicated Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., today. Call (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.