Were you injured in San Diego, CA, because a business owner failed to install adequate security on the premises? You may not realize it, but the property owner could be liable for your injuries. A San Diego negligent security lawyer at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Since 2010, we’ve fought hard to secure meaningful compensation for accident victims across Southern California. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars over the years.
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How Mission Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Negligent Security Claim in San Diego
If you were a victim of violence, you deserve justice. You probably know that your attacker can be held criminally accountable. However, you may also be entitled to seek financial compensation in civil court.
Business owners can be financially responsible for injuries even if they didn’t mean for you to get hurt. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer can help you identify everyone who may owe you compensation after an assault.
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re serious about helping our clients get the compensation they deserve. That shows in our work. We have achieved a 99% success rate in helping clients recover the money they need.
Hiring us means you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Identify all responsible parties
- Investigate to find evidence to back up your premises liability claim
- Assess the fair value of your case
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to maximize your settlement
- Advocate for your rights at trial if necessary
Collectively, our San Diego personal injury attorneys have over 43 years of experience handling cases like yours. Call for a free consultation today to learn more about getting the legal representation you need after an injury.
What is My San Diego Negligent Security Case Worth?
To recover fair compensation, you first have to understand how much your personal injury claim is worth. This is one of the most complex aspects in any case. Every victim’s damages are unique–and you’ll need to account for future expenses that you haven’t even incurred.
Factors that tend to be relevant in every personal injury case include:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- The nature and duration of your medical treatment
- The amount of medical expenses you’ll incur
- Any changes to your daily life after your injury
- The nature of your attack, as well as your emotional and physical suffering
You may have receipts and records to back up some of your costs. Other losses can be much more difficult to prove. Speak with an experienced lawyer before accepting any insurance settlement offer to make sure you aren’t settling for less than you need.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims of Negligent Security?
Victims of negligent security are entitled to three primary types of damages: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Punitive damages are only available in rare cases. However, courts may award punitive damages to punish your attacker for intentional wrongdoing.
Most victims are entitled to recover economic damages to cover the cost of:
- Past and future medical care
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are more subjective. Because you won’t have a receipt to back up your claim, the insurance company might try to deny or undervalue these damages.
Our lawyers can fight to help you recover non-economic compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium
You won’t get everything you deserve automatically. You’ll have to demand fair compensation from all liable parties.
We’re dedicated to helping you recover every dollar you deserve. To learn more about how we’ll protect your rights, call for a free initial consultation with a San Diego premises liability attorney today.
We’ll Fight to Recover Fair Compensation for All of Your Injuries
Any type of injury is possible if you’re a victim of criminal activity. At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight to recover fair compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Puncture or stab wounds
- Gunshot injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries or concussions
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Some victims even suffer internal organ damage and catastrophic injuries. If you were a victim of assault or sexual assault, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers in San Diego would be proud to help you hold the responsible parties accountable.
Ready to learn more? Call our law firm for a free case evaluation today.
Overview of the Negligent Security Laws in San Diego, California
California’s premises liability laws cover negligent security claims. Generally, property owners are required to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. When a customer or guest is hurt because of dangerous conditions on a property, the property owner may be financially responsible.
This rule extends to situations where someone is hurt because of criminal activity or assault on a property due to inadequate security measures. Property owners must protect guests from reasonably foreseeable criminal activity on the property.
Negligent security cases can be complex. Our lawyers at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers can conduct a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injury. Just give us a call to schedule a free case review with an experienced San Diego negligent security attorney today.
How Do I Know Whether I Have a Valid Negligent Security Claim Against a Property Owner?
You may have a valid negligent security claim if you were injured on anyone else’s property. Most commonly, negligent security claims arise when you’re injured because of an attack in some type of business establishment.
However, under California law, you may have a valid claim if your injury occurred in:
- Bars and restaurants
- Apartment complexes
- Sports complexes
- Entertainment venues
- Shopping malls
- Store owners
- Cruise ships
- Hospitals and nursing homes
- Schools and daycare centers
- Parking garages and parking lots
- Office complexes
You can also sue your attacker to recover damages–even if the attacker is also facing criminal charges. Multiple parties can be liable for damages under California contributory fault rules.
Importantly, the property owner won’t automatically be liable. You’ll have to prove that the landowner’s negligence allowed the crime to occur or somehow facilitated the criminal activity.
To recover damages based on negligent security, you’ll have to prove:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care (you weren’t trespassing)
- The criminal activity was reasonably foreseeable and you were a victim
- The property owner could have taken precautions to prevent the attack or incident
Not every property owner is required to install security. On the other hand, some property owners are required to take stronger precautions than others.
The nature of the owner’s duty depends upon many factors, including:
- Whether there is a history of violence or criminal activity in the neighborhood
- Whether the type of business makes it a target for crimes (for example, banks or pawn shops)
- Whether the business itself tends to create a risk of violence (bars and nightclubs)
- Whether criminal activity has occurred on the property in the past
It’s important to analyze these factors when evaluating the business owner’s duty of care. The adequateness of security measures will vary from one case to the next.
For example, adequate security might mean:
- Installing surveillance cameras
- Hiring security guards
- Locking gates and doors
- Training employees to handle violent situations
- Installing metal detectors
- Providing adequate lighting both inside and in parking lots and walkways
The critical factor in determining whether you have a valid claim is whether the property owner should have foreseen the attack.
How Long Do I Have to File a Negligent Security Lawsuit in California?
You’ll have to take legal action before the two-year statute of limitations expires. Under California law, you have to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party within two years of your injury. If you wait, you could lose your right to compensation entirely.
Our lawyers can help you preserve your right to compensation now. That way, you won’t risk losing your right to compensation in the future. Give our legal team a quick call today to discuss your case.
Contact a San Diego Negligent Security Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Do you have questions about your legal rights after an attack? An experienced San Diego negligent security lawyer can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Call Mission Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a 100% free consultation today.