You may recovery several categories of damages for your negligent security losses

The attack that left you injured was not your fault and you should not be the one who has to pay for the damage that has been done. While you want to see the attacker held accountable for the injuries that you’ve suffered, you know that he won’t be able to pay for all of your expenses.

But the Property Owner May Need to Pay Your Damages

If you were hurt on someone else’s property in Iowa and that property owner failed to provide you with reasonable security, then you may be able to recover damages from the property owner or insurer. Those negligent security damages may include compensation for past, current, and future:

  • Medical expenses. Medical costs can add up quickly and may include surgeries, hospitalizations, rehabilitation therapy, medication, doctors’ appointments, assistive medical devices, and other costs.
  • Lost income. Lost income includes any income you lost because of the attack. If you are or were unable to work at all, then it includes all of the income you’ve lost. If you could work—but not the same hours or for the same pay—then it would include the partial income you’ve lost.
  • Out-of-pocket costs. This could include transportation costs, household help, child care help, or other things made necessary because of your attack injuries.
  • Pain and suffering. You should be compensated for your physical pain and emotional suffering.

You should also be compensated for any other damages that you suffered as a result of your attack.

Be Prepared So You Can Get the Damages You Deserve

Of course, often the question about whether the property owner provided reasonable security is disputed. Before you can recover the damages described above, you will need to establish that the property owner failed to provide you with the same type of security that other similar property owners in similar locations provide to customers or guests. Accordingly, you will need to consider:

  • The type of business where your attack occurred.
  • The location of the business where your attack occurred.
  • What other similar businesses in similar locations provide for security.
  • The specific types of security that were provided.
  • Why your attack occurred.

If you believe that the property owner failed to provide you with reasonable security, then we encourage you to learn more about your rights and about what you can do to protect your recovery of damages. Please download a free copy of our report, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, or start a live chat with us today to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.