It’s Not Just Your Attacker Who Should Pay If You Were Hurt Because of Negligent Security

The person who attacked you has no insurance and has no assets. Even if you were to win a personal injury lawsuit against your attacker, your attacker can’t pay your damages. You would be left with the bill.

But, in some cases, there may be another way. Think back to the time of your attack. If you were attacked on someone else’s property because the property owner failed to provide you with adequate security, then you may be able to recover damages.

At Hupy and Abraham, our experienced attorneys believe that holding property owners responsible for negligent security is important. You shouldn’t have to pay for the property owner’s mistakes. We regularly represent victims of negligent security attacks and we are committed to helping everyone understand their rights. Accordingly, we encourage you to read our FREE book, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, to browse this website, and to contact us directly for a free consultation about your rights.

Our offices in BloomingtonGurnee, and Rockford serve the entire state of Illinois

Common Causes of Negligent Security

Many of our negligent security cases occur because a property owner had:

What is deemed “adequate” or “inadequate” depends on the type of property where the attack occurred.

Common Locations of Negligent Security Incidents

Any property may lack adequate security. Some common locations where negligent security attacks occur include:

  • Parking lots. Walking to or from your car can be dangerous. It may be dark and there may not be many people around. Parking lot owners have a duty to provide reasonable security—including adequate lighting and other measures—to prevent attacks.
  • Bars and nightclubs. Alcohol consumption can make attacks at bars and nightclubs more likely. The owners of these establishments have a duty to provide reasonable security, which often includes properly trained bouncers, to prevent injuries.
  • Apartment buildings. Apartment building owners have a duty to provide reasonable security in the common areas of their properties, including hallways, stairwells, lobbies, exercise rooms, and outside grounds.
  • Colleges. Illinois colleges and universities need to provide reasonable security for students, staff and visitors. This may include limited access to buildings, adequate lighting, and a campus security force, for example.
  • Schools. Each Illinois school should have reasonable security procedures in place and conduct safety drills to help protect students and staff in case of emergency.
  • Stores. Customers have a right to be protected by reasonable security while shopping. If the store owner fails to provide such security and an attack occurs, then the injured party may have a negligent security claim.
  • Hotels. Many strangers come and go from hotels. Thus, it is important to provide reasonable security measures to avoid a tragic attack.
  • Banks. The lure of money may make armed robberies and other attacks likely at banks.

A negligent security incident in any of these locations could result in a serious injury.

Types of Injuries Suffered Because of Negligent Security Attacks

Your injury, like your attack, will be unique. However, many attacks result in injuries such as:

  • Brain and head injuries. A traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, or another injury could result from a negligent security incident. The results may be painful and in some cases permanent.
  • Spinal cord injuries. The specific consequences of your spinal cord injury will depend on where on the spinal cord your injury occurred. The result could be a lifelong paralysis.
  • Broken bones. Any bone may be broken in an attack from a stranger, including fractured bones in the neck, back, arm, leg, or hip.
  • Sexual assault injuries. A sexual assault can result in traumatizing physical and emotional injuries.
  • Gunshot wounds. The severity of a gunshot wound depends on where on your body you were shot.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD may occur if you were physically assaulted, attacked, or otherwise harmed.
  • Death. Many of the injuries mentioned above can result in death.

You should talk to your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you exhibit symptoms of any of these injuries or any other physical injury.

And You Should Get Ready to Protect Your Recovery

In order to get a fair recovery, you will have to pursue it. Thus, it is important to know how a case works and some tips for getting the recovery that you deserve. Before you file a lawsuit or begin negotiating with an insurance company, it is important to know:

And it is important to know whether you need an attorney.

An Attorney Can Help You Get Fair Damages

Your fair damages in a negligent security settlement or lawsuit may include compensation for your past, current, and future:

  • Medical costs. All of your health care costs should be included in your recovery.
  • Lost income. Any income or other benefits that you could not earn due to your injury should be included in your recovery.
  • Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be hard to value, but should be included in your recovery.
  • Other expenses. Any out-of-pocket costs that you incur because of your injury should be compensated.

An attorney can help you value these damages and fight for your fair recovery. Call us today at 1-800-800-5678 or contact us via this website to schedule your own free, no-obligation case consultation.

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It can be difficult to apply all of this information to the facts of your case without the help of an experienced attorney. If you would like to schedule a free consultation at one of our conveniently located Illinois offices in BloomingtonGurnee, or Rockford then please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 or start a live chat with us now.