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New York Negligent Security Lawyers

Were you the victim of a crime on someone else’s property? You may have a negligent security claim against the property owner or lessee under New York’s premises liability law. If the property owner failed to protect you from preventable crime, you may recover financial compensation for the harm you have suffered.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers have represented victims of negligent security and their families for more than 30 years. Our law office is prepared to fight on your behalf to hold the negligent property owner accountable.

Negligent Security Under New York Premises Liability Law

Negligent Security Under New York Premises Liability Law

Property owners in New York have a duty to protect visitors and guests from unsafe conditions. This includes crime that is preventable and predictable.
Under New York’s premises liability law, property owners and lessees can be held liable when someone is the victim of crime on their property if they were negligent in providing safety and security.

Property owners are not responsible for all crimes on their property; only crimes that result from a lack of reasonable efforts to prevent crime. What is considered reasonable depends on:

  • The type of property
  • Crime in the area
  • Whether the crime could have been foreseen
  • What steps could have been taken to prevent it

Common examples of inadequate security, depending on the establishment, may include:

  • Not changing locks when a tenant moves out
  • Broken locks
  • Poor exterior lighting
  • Lack of security guards
  • Lack of security alarms
  • Lack of surveillance cameras
  • Windows that cannot be locked
  • Damaged fencing, doors, or windows that allow someone to gain entry
  • Poor security training or security procedures

Types of Negligent Security Cases We Handle

A negligent security case can involve almost any type of business or property. However, most negligent security claims involve:

  • Nightclubs
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centers
  • Parking lots and parking garages
  • Sports complexes and entertainment venues
  • Convention centers
  • College campuses and schools
  • Laundromats
  • Subways
  • Hotels
  • Apartment buildings

Goidel & Siegel represent victims of gun violence, sexual assault, robbery, and assault in holding negligent property owners accountable.

How Do You Prove Inadequate Security in New York?

How Do You Prove Inadequate Security in New York?

Proving negligent security can be complex. A property owner only has a duty to take reasonable precautions to protect visitors from foreseeable harm. What is considered reasonable? What makes a crime foreseeable?

1. The Investigation

At Goidel & Siegel, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances to gather evidence that strengthens your case. Showing a crime was foreseeable may involve showing a history of similar crimes in the neighborhood or at the property. It may even include testimony from responding police that the establishment is known to be dangerous, or from the perpetrator that the property was chosen specifically for its features or lack of security. Some types of crimes may be assumed to be foreseeable based on the type of property.

2. Proving Liability

Next, you must prove that the property owner failed in their duty to provide a reasonable safe property and take reasonable measures to guard against crime. The security measures that are considered adequate and reasonable depend on the type of establishment, specific crime risk, and more. A security guard is generally considered reasonable security for a nightclub, but it would not be considered reasonable for a store in a strip mall or daycare.

How Do You Prove Inadequate Security in New York?

Contact a New York Negligent Security Lawyer

When you become the victim of a crime due to a property owner’s negligence, they should be held accountable. Sadly, many people are seriously hurt by third-party crime while shopping, doing their laundry, sleeping in their apartment, or enjoying a night out because a property owner wanted to save money.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers is committed to holding negligent property owners accountable when they allow crime to happen on their property. Contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation with our multilingual trial lawyers in our office or wherever you are comfortable. We will put our decades of experience inside and outside the courtroom to work for you.

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