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Negligent Security Defined: Does it Mean What You Think it Means?

There is no checklist to go through and there is no set standard that applies to every property owner in Iowa. Not every property needs a security guard, a fence, bright lights, limited access points, security cameras, and other security features.

Negligent Security Cannot Be Defined That Easily

Instead, a negligent security claim may be made if:

  • The property owner owed you a duty of care. If you were legally on the property as a guest or a customer, then the property owner may have owed you a duty of care.
  • The property owner did not provide similar security to what other reasonable property owners would provide in similar circumstances. In other words, the location, the type of business, and the type of security that other similar businesses in similar Iowa locations provide will be relevant to determining if the security provided at the time you were attacked was adequate. For example, a parking lot in the rural part of the state requires different security measures from a jewelry store in Des Moines.
  • You were hurt because of the lack of security. You must prove that the lack of security caused your attack which, in turn, caused your injuries.
  • You have standing to pursue a recovery. You must have injuries, you must file your claim before the statute of limitation expires, and you must have a legal right to bring a case.

Whether or not you have a negligent security case is extremely fact-specific. You deserve an accurate answer as to whether you have a potential negligent security claim. To find out if you might have a possible case, please start a live chat with us today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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