Articles Posted in Inadequate Security

Property owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for other who may enter their establishment. In the legal world, we call this premises liability.

When someone is injured on another person’s property and sues, courts first seek to determine whether the injured was allowed on the premises. If the owner consents to a person’s entry on the property, the person is deemed an invitee or licensee. When consent is not given, the person is considered a trespasser.

A property owner may be liable for injuries of an invitee or licensee if: 

A 21 year old man who suffered from mental illness got into a verbal altercation with a store clerk at a Shell gas station.  Instead of deescalating the situation, the clerk responsible for store “security” shot and killed the customer.  The parents of the victim rightfully sued based on the store’s failure to screen its employees prior to being hired and for failing to train them properly.  The case settled for $3.1 million.

If you have questions about negligent security at a business or private premises, contact the premises liability experts at McAleer Law.

After rejecting an initial offer of $100,000.00, a $6.25 million settlement was recently awarded to a young father.  His case involved allegations of inadequate security at a restaurant where he was shot at in 2007.   As a result of the shooting, the plaintiff was permanently paralyzed below the waist.

While at a restaurant in the early hours of June 4, 2007, the plaintiff was robbed and shot by local gang members. Due to past criminal activity at the location, the police department had requested that the restaurant hire off-duty police officers to provide security while the only security around that night was unarmed.   The Plaintiff had an expert testify that the security provided was grossly inadequate.  While the jury deliberated, both the franchisee and the security company agreed to settle the Plaintiff’s claims.

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