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Can I recover for my medical expenses if I was hurt in an attack on someone else’s property?

You may be able to recoup your medical expenses from a negligent security assault or injury

As is the case with many legal questions, the answer to your question is that it depends. The answer may be different depending on where the attack took place, why the attack happened, and what actions you took after the attack.

Let’s Consider the Options

Generally, there are three people who may pay the medical bills after an attack. These people are:

  • The victim. If the victim fails to take action after an attack, if the attacker does not have the means to pay the bills, or if there is not a negligent security claim against the property owner, then the victim may be responsible for paying his or her own medical bills. Of course, health insurance may help with these expenses. Still, this should be viewed as the least desirable alternative.
  • The attacker. You may be able to sue the person who attacked you for the injuries that you have suffered. However, the person who attacked you may not have the means to pay for your injuries.
  • The property owner. If the property owner failed to provide adequate or reasonable security for you while you were lawfully on the property, then you may have a case of negligent security against the property owner. There is a wide range of what is considered to be adequate or reasonable security; the applicable standard will depend, in part, on the type of business and where it is located. If a settlement is reached or a verdict is rendered in a negligent security case, then the property owner, or his insurer, may need to pay your medical bills.

Medical bills may be among your most significant expenses after an attack. Your medical expenses may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Hospital bills.
  • Doctors’ bills.
  • Surgeries.
  • Medications.
  • Assistive medical devices, such as crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy.

And you may incur additional medical expenses in the future due to your injuries.

Make Sure You Are Fully Compensated for All of Your Medical Costs

To learn more about all of the compensation you may receive after a negligent security attack—and who may need to pay you—please start a live chat with us today or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham