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I was assaulted in a Rockford shopping mall parking lot. Is the mall responsible for my bills?

If you were injured in a crime, the owner of the property where the crime occurred may be responsible for your injuries, but it depends on the circumstances of the assault.

In general, business and property owners are responsible for making sure that visitors to a property are safe from physical harm. This means that the parking lot should be well lit and free of ice and snow that could cause slips or falls. If the mall is in a high-crime area, it may also mean warning customers about the possibility of crime or hiring security guards to protect customers as they go to their cars.

In order to file an Illinois negligent security claim, you must be able to prove that the mall owners knew there was a danger and that they were negligent in their duty to protect their customers. If you can prove negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Five Steps to Take After a Crime in Rockford

  • Call 911 to report the crime.
  • Get medical attention for your injuries.
  • Get the names and contact information of witnesses or those who helped you after the crime.
  • If possible, use your cell phone to take pictures of the crime scene, your injuries, and any property damage.
  • Contact an attorney who handles negligent security cases.

 

The owners may act fast to prevent you from filing a negligent security claim. Do not sign any documents without first discussing them with an attorney.

Business owners know that Rockford has a high crime rate. This means that they have a duty to protect their customers. If you were injured in a Rockford parking-lot attack, you may be able to file an Illinois negligent security claim. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham and ask to schedule a free case evaluation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham