McAllen Negligent Security Attorney
Certain property owners or managers are required by state and federal laws to have an adequate, working security system. However, all too often, proper safety precautions go overlooked and patrons or visitors are injured. The McAllen negligent security lawyer at the De La Garza Law Firm in South Texas protects the rights of people who have been harmed due to negligent security. If you or a loved one believes they have a claim against a property owner, call (956) 533-1426 to learn more about your legal rights and have your case evaluated for free.
Why Choose Our McAllen Negligent Security Lawyer?
- We know how to get results for clients, having secured more than $5 million in the past year and a half alone.
- Our firm has the resources to take care of all legal matters associated with your case, while you take the time you need to recover.
- Our founding attorney Rafael De La Garza, purposefully represents a limited amount of clients, ensuring that your case will receive the attention it deserves.
Why You Need a McAllen Negligent Security Lawyer
Although business owners have a responsibility to take certain precautions to keep you safe when you visit, it doesn’t mean they will just hand over a check if you get injured. They are more likely to fight your claim and place the blame on you. A lawyer with experience in cases of negligent security can help you hold them accountable. He or she will have the resources to:
- Investigate and uncover why you were injured and whether it could have been prevented.
- Establish liability.
- Assess the value of your claim.
- Deal with the insurance company and negotiate a settlement.
- Take your case to trial if necessary.
Each case of negligent security is unique in its circumstances. These claims often require experts to provide evidence on the background crime data of the area, the foreseeability of a dangerous crime, and whether there was any security or sufficient security present to protect from criminal activity.
What is Negligent Security in Texas?
In Texas, negligent security refers to a property owner’s failure to protect guests and visitors from foreseeable acts of violent or criminal behavior. Negligent security itself can take on many forms, for example:
- A lack of security guards or doormen.
- Poorly trained or improperly vetted security guards.
- A lack of security cameras.
- Security cameras that are not working or not monitored.
- A lack of proper lighting.
- A lack of fencing or other barriers.
- A lack of locks.
- A lack of metal detectors.
When owners fail to take steps to provide reasonable security, they may be liable for any resulting injuries. However, proving negligence will depend specifically on (a) the type and level of the reasonably anticipated threat and (b) the type of business the owner is running and where it is located.
The Consequences of Negligent Security
Inadequate security can have dire consequences for the individuals who visit or are guests on a property, such as:
- Assault or another act of harmful physical violence
- Sexual assault
- Murder (intentional or unintentional)
Being a victim of any of these crimes can be devastating and life altering. When an injury occurs due to negligent security measures, owners may be liable for damages, including medical bills, ongoing and future care, lost wages, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, disfigurement, and more.