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Negligent Security Claims: Shedding Light on Attacks During the Night

Jun 08 2018

Imagine you’re getting ready for a cookout at your new apartment. You’re excited to have all your friends come see your first place since you moved out of your parent’s back bedroom. You want everything perfect for the grand reveal. The steaks are all ready to be marinated and you realize that you are out of Worcestershire sauce. Frantically you run to the store, but the closest store is the sketchy convenient store. You park your car and run in really quick. On your way back to your car you reach for your keys in your pocket, they fall to the ground, you reach to pick them up, and on your way up see a man standing in the shadows with a bandana over his face and a gun in his hand. Before you know it, you are on the ground covered in blood and a throbbing head ache. Who’s liable for your injuries that you sustained as a result of this attack?

Obviously, the individual who attacked you can held be liable, but the fact of the matter is, there’s a good chance he’ll never get caught and even better chance he would not have enough money to compensate you for medical and therapy bills. So, there could be another party that is liable. Many people think that when they suffer injuries at a business that the business is automatically responsible for their injuries. Now while that very may well be the case in this situation, it is not an automatic verdict of liability.

Under premises liability law, business owners and homeowners have a duty to warn visitors and guests of dangers that they are on notice from-whether that notice be actual or constructive (should have known).  The fact that an attack occurred at a business is not sufficient to prove liability by itself; you must show negligence by the business.

Here is how you can help prove negligence by the business owner:

  • Seek medical attention immediately because the longer you wait the more reason an insurance company has to deny the injuries were sustained as a result of the attack
  • File a police report
  • Take photographs of your injuries, the area around the attack, any signs, any poorly lit areas.
  • Get witness information the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened
  • Research to see if the area around the business has high crime statistics
  • Avoid giving statements to the insurance company – they want to use what you say against you

Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson Today!

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of an attack while at a business that had an insufficient security presence in Mississippi, contact the experienced and serious personal injury attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson.

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