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Arizona Negligent Security Lawyers

When you visit a place of business, whether a restaurant, bar, hotel, or even hospital, you expect your visit to be safe and secure, in some cases, however, frequenting a business can result in being the victim of a crime, such as a horrific assault, robbery, or theft.

When a business fails to maintain the security necessary to protect its customers, it may be liable for personal injuries its guests suffer. Here is what you need to know about negligent security claims in Arizona.

What is Negligent Security, and What Are Some Examples of Negligent Security Claims in Arizona?

Negligent security claims arise when a property owner — whether that’s a parking garage, hotel, or other business — fails to take proper precautions to protect guests and secure their premises against dangerous people or crimes. Consider the following examples:

  • A parking garage not having sufficient lighting, leading to injuries by a driver who is attacked and robbed in the garage
  • A hospital not having enough security personnel on duty, leading to a patient being assaulted
  • A hotel failing to secure rooms properly, leading to the loss of a guest’s personal effects
  • A business failing to employ sufficient security, leading to sexual assault suffered by one of its customers
  • A nightclub or bar failing to have security cameras in proper working order, leading to the wrongful death of a customer as a result of a fight
  • A business fails to conduct criminal background checks on its security personnel or other employees, who then commit crimes against a person or their property

The injuries that stem from Arizona’s negligent security incidents can be severe. In some cases, violent attacks occur, whether physical altercations, sexual assault or rape, or even violence involving a gun or other deadly weapons.

In other cases, negligent security can lead to serious personal injuries, whether head or traumatic brain injuries, falls, back or spinal injuries, fractured or broken bones, and other physical issues.

In many cases, victims of negligent security incidents will experience significant mental anguish and emotional trauma. And in some cases, the personal property of the victim — like a vehicle or valuables — may be destroyed, stolen, lost, or damaged.

How Do Damages Work in Negligent Security Cases?

Several types of damages may be sought in negligent security cases. They include out-of-pocket expenses, also known as economic damages that you may have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as:

  • Medical bills, including the costs of treatments, imagining, and testing
  • Hospital stays
  • Specialist visits
  • The costs of various types of therapy, such as occupational, physical, and psycho-therapy
  • The costs associated with nursing or home care
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Damage, destruction, or loss of your personal property

You may also be able to recover general damages in your Arizona negligent security case. These are harder to quantify, as they typically don’t have specific out-of-pocket costs attached to them, but in many cases, a jury will award damages. Depending on your particular circumstances, general damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • The loss of enjoyment in activities you are no longer able to do
  • Loss of companionship and care for your loved ones
  • General decline to your quality of life

How Do You Prove a Negligent Security Claim in Arizona?

Generally, to prove a negligent security claim, you will need to show the following elements:

  • That the business or property owner owed you a duty of reasonable care to keep you protected while you were visiting;
  • That they breached that duty by failing to have adequate security measures in place;
  • That the business’s breach directly caused your injuries;
  • That you have suffered actual injuries and resulting damages.

In the case of a negligent security claim, proving liability can be tricky, as you will need to focus on the conduct of the business or property owner, particularly their shortcomings in making the premises safe for visitors.

You may have to bring a claim against multiple parties to recover damages — the business owner, landowner, or property management company. Additionally, you may need to negotiate extensively with insurance companies, which can be daunting, lengthy, and complicated.

The complexity of Arizona negligent security cases means you should consult a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyer who will advise you of your legal rights and options. Having an attorney by your side is important during negotiations with the other parties and insurance companies. If a fair and reasonable settlement is not possible, your attorney will prepare a lawsuit to present in court.

Your attorney will investigate the facts of your accident, research the applicable laws, and preserve important evidence for your claim. A roofing accident can leave you with life-altering injuries—although no lawsuit can bring back the life you led before your accident, it is possible to be compensated fairly for your losses.

Why Choose Torgenson Law for Your Negligent Security Claim?

When you’re involved in an Arizona negligent security accident, many different variables can affect your resulting claim, and various parties may be responsible for your injuries. You need an attorney by your side with the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate the facts of your claim thoroughly, preserve important evidence, assess the full value of your damages, negotiate with the other party and their insurance provider, and present a strong case on your behalf.

At Torgenson Law, we understand the significant impact of a serious injury on a person and their family. We aim to take care of the details of your case so that you can focus on getting your life back on track after your accident. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today and see how we can give you the support you deserve. Call us at 602-726-0747 for a free case evaluation.