Inadequate Security

St. Louis Premises Liability Attorneys

St. Louis Premises Liability AttorneysOwners of businesses, such as hotels, parking garages, retail shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, offices, and apartment complexes, are responsible for ensuring the safety of customers, guests and tenants who enter or reside on their property. When a person is injured or killed because of a property owner's failure to provide adequate security such as alarms, locks on windows, doors, and gates, and competent security personnel, a premises liability claim may be appropriate. Property owners may even be held liable for third-party acts of violence if the property management staff failed to promptly address a known security issue, such as suspicious persons loitering on the property.

As a general rule, property owners are not responsible for random acts of violence or unforeseeable criminal activity committed on their property by non-employees. However, liability may arise when such criminal conduct is the foreseeable result of the property owner's negligence. For example, if a business or apartment complex is located in a known high-crime area, the property owner may be deemed negligent if he or she failed to hire security personnel or install an adequate security system. Some common criminal offenses committed by third parties that often give rise to premises liability claims include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault

If you or someone you love was the victim a violent crime due to a property owner's negligent failure to take adequate security measures, you may have a valid legal claim against the property owner. Typical damages in premises liability cases often include medical bills, lost wages or diminished earning capacity, physical pain, and emotional trauma. The skilled St. Louis premises liability lawyers at Hoffman & Gelfman Attorneys, P.C. have a reputation among judges and other attorneys for achieving results for our clients. Call (866) 298-1020 today to put our expertise to work for you.


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