Negligent security accidents in New York can result in thousands of dollars in damages, extensive injuries, and even loss of life. But understanding this branch of premises law can be confusing.
In New York public and private property owners have a responsibility to reasonably protect the health and safety of individuals. While no property owner can foresee every accident or hostile attack, they should prepare their property in order to prevent or deter such incidents as best they can.
Examples of negligent security are:
1. failure of the apartment building owner to maintain or repair the locking mechanism of the entranceways
2. failure of the apartment owner to properly maintain the intercom system and/or cameras
3. failure of the property owner to provide the proper security at entrances where there were known previous attacks
Other examples are: nightclub owners that fail to ensure that fire and smoke alarms are present and in working order to prevent tragic injuries and deaths; parking lot or parking structure owners that do not provide adequate lighting so that muggers cannot lurk in the shadows. In addition, school officials are responsible for keeping trespassers out of the building in order to prevent attacks on the students.
While negligent security accidents in New York can happen in parking lots and apartment buildings, negligent security issues can arise in your own home as well.
For example, if an elder care agency fails to perform adequate background checks and a predatory employee is then allowed access to your home, you may have justification for legal action.
But that’s where it gets tricky. New York negligent security law requires the injured party to prove that the responsible party failed to live up to the reasonable expectation to provide a safe environment. That’s why, if you’ve suffered a loss or an injury at home or away from home, it’s always in your best interest to consult with an experienced negligent security attorney in New York. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.