Someone else failed to provide adequate security on his property, but it was you who got hurt by an attacker. The person who attacked you clearly caused your injuries, but your attacker may not be able to pay for your injuries and your attacker may not be the only one who caused your injuries.
Someone Else May Need to Pay for Your Damages
You may be able to recover damages from the property owner if you can prove that the property owner was negligent in providing reasonable security. In order to prove that, you will need to prove each of the following:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care because you were legally on the property.
- The property owner failed to provide you with reasonable security.
- You were hurt as a result of the property owner’s failure to provide reasonable security.
- You are legally entitled to damages.
These damages may have a significant impact on your recovery and your future.
What a Fair Recovery May Include
You should be able to recover for all of the expenses and damages that you incurred because of the property owner’s negligent security that led to your injuries. This includes past, current, and future…
- Medical expenses. Your hospital stays, surgeries, doctor visits, medications, rehabilitation therapies, and other medical costs may be a significant part of your damages.
- Lost income. This includes wages, bonuses, benefits, and income from self-employment, and other income that you are unable to earn because of your injuries.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any bills that you have due to your injuries may be compensable. This could include things such as childcare, cleaning help, and transportation costs made necessary by your injuries.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be significant and may be compensated.
You can expect that the property owner is going to fight back against your claim for damages. The property owner or his insurer will likely argue that your injuries were the fault of the attacker and that the property owner shouldn’t be liable.
It is important to be prepared for this argument and to know your rights. To learn more about your rights, please download a FREE copy of our report, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, or contact us today via this website to schedule a free consultation.