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I was attacked in a parking lot. The property owner and manager say it wasn’t their fault. Are they right?

A robbery or assault in a parking lot may be due to ineffective security

It depends on the specific circumstances of your attack or assault. Parking lots are common locations for negligent security incidents. If the property owner or manager failed to provide you with reasonable security in the parking lot, then he may be liable for your injuries.

How to Know for Sure

Whether you were hurt in the parking lot of your apartment building or in another lot where you were authorized to park, you should expect that the property owner or manager has reasonable security features in place to protect you. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Adequate lighting.
  • Security cameras.
  • A security gate or guard at the parking lot entrance.
  • A fence or other barrier around the property.

While the absence of one of these things does not mean that the property owner or manager was negligent, it does mean that you should talk to a local lawyer about your rights and possible recovery.

What to Do If You’re Hurt or You Witness a Parking Lot Attack

The decisions that you made in the moments after the parking lot attack were automatic. You may have yelled for help or called 911 from your cellphone. Now, however, you may be wondering what you can do next.

In the days and weeks after the attack you can:

  • Continue to make sure that you—or your friend or relative who was injured—get necessary medical care.
  • Keep any pictures that you took at the scene of the attack. It may have captured more than the image of the attacker and could, for example, show the lighting and security in the parking lot.
  • Talk to an attorney about what happened. You may have important information to share about the attack that hurt you or your loved one.

There may have been nothing that you could have done to prevent what happened in that parking lot, but there things you can do now to get a fair recovery.

Why You Should Find Out the Truth About What Happened

While the state may pursue a criminal case against the person who hurt you, that criminal case will not pay for any of your injuries or damages.

You may, however, have a civil case against the property owner or management company for negligent security if the owner or managers failed to take reasonably appropriate safety precautions to protect people parking in their lot.

To find out more about your possible recovery after a negligent security incident, please fill out our online contact from today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham