New Orleans Negligent Security Lawyer
Attorney John S. Williams – the lawyer you want to handle your injury claim
You should not have to worry about your safety when you’re on someone else’s property. You should able to walk freely and safely in a parking garage, stairwell or other places normally used by the public. Unfortunately, some property owners don’t take this responsibility seriously. As a result, injury accidents or violent attacks can occur due to lack of security.
If you or a loved one was hurt on someone else’s property due to lack of security, attorney John S. Williams can fight for compensation you deserve. The founder of The Law Offices of John S. Williams, attorney Williams has more than 15 years of experience handling complicated premises liability claims. He understands how the legal system works in Louisiana. He knows what evidence matters and he’s prepared to do the work that needs to be done to build the strongest possible negligent security case.
What is negligent security?
Negligent security is a legal term used to describe injuries, accidents or assaults that occur on someone else’s property due to lack of security. Specifically, property owners (including business property owners and commercial property owners) need to take precautions to prevent violent crime and other criminal activity from happening on their property.
Negligent security can involve not having an armed guard or other security personnel on the premises if there’s a reasonable risk of injury or criminal activity on the property. Other times, negligent security may involve poor lighting, no security video cameras, slow response time by security guards or not having other reasonable safety measures in place.
Many property owners often claim they didn’t know there was a risk of criminal activity occurring on their property, even though their property might be in a high crime area. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced negligent security attorney on your side, thoroughly investigating your case.
What are common negligent security cases?
Negligent security incidents that result in a serious injury can cover a wide range, including:
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault, including rape
- Being shot
- In certain extreme cases, negligent security incidents can result in the death of the person who was attacked. In such cases, the family will likely need to file a wrongful death claim. These negligent security cases can be very complicated. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side investigating your case.
What are common negligent security injuries?
Injuries sustained due to negligent security on someone else’s property can cover a wide range, including:
- Gunshot wound
- Puncture wound
- Stab wound
- Head injury
- Broken bones
- Missing skin
- Internal organ damage
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your personal injury. If you are in severe pain or experiencing other medical issues due to physical assault or another type of violent crime, seek immediate medical attention. Then make sure you talk to a negligent security attorney who thoroughly understands premises liability law.
Who’s responsible for compensating me for my negligent security case?
In general, you will not take legal action against the person who committed the violent crime or other criminal activity. Instead, your negligent security case will likely involve taking legal action against the property owner due to inadequate security. As a result, this means you will be filing a negligent security lawsuit or taking other legal action against a third party, meaning someone other than the perpetrator of the crime.
In addition, the insurance company for the business owner where the attack occurred may be responsible for financially compensating you for medical expenses and other injury-related bills associated with your attack.
Whatever the circumstances of your negligent security case, an experienced attorney can help you explore the different legal options available to you and which strategy makes the most sense based on your specific case.
How much is my negligent security claim worth?
The value of your negligent security claim could depend on many different factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of your medical expenses
- How much time you need to recover from your injuries
- Whether you can work during your recovery period
- Whether the property owner knew about the risks to public safety
- Whether security video cameras were working at the time of your attack
Based on these factors and many other situations, your negligent security claim could be worth thousands or millions of dollars. Another important factor is how long the situation which resulted in your attack or violent crime was in place. (For example, was there poor lighting or no armed security guards for months, even though the property has a history of being a high crime area?) Also, did similar attacks or criminal activity occur on the same property in the past, but the business owner or property manager didn’t take any action to protect public safety?
All these situations may be taken into consideration when determining the value of your negligent security claim. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced attorney on your side who can make sure these issues and many others get the attention they deserve when fighting for the compensation you need.
What should I do after a violent attack?
If you have been injured in an attack or the victim of criminal activity on someone else’s property, we strongly urge you to take the following steps for your own health, safety and well-being:
- Call the police – As soon as possible, call the police and tell them exactly what happened. If you’re still at the scene of your attack, ask them to respond immediately.
- Seek medical attention – Your life could be at risk due to serious injury. By having a medical professional examine and treat you, you will also have an official record of the injuries you sustained in your attack.
- Contact a lawyer – The sooner you have a negligent security attorney investigating your case, the better. Your lawyer can demand to see security footage caught on video cameras, if available, of your violent crime. Your attorney can also search for witnesses who saw what happened, carefully examine your police report and review other important documents.
In New Orleans, negligent security attorney John S. Williams can handle your complex legal case. He knows how to build the strongest possible legal cases and can fight for the financial compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost income and other injury-related expenses.
Can I file a lawsuit for negligent security?
In many cases, you have the right to file a negligent security lawsuit for your injury-related expenses. One common scenario involves someone living in an apartment complex who files a lawsuit against the landlord or building owner due to a physical assault or other criminal activity. Another scenario involves someone going to store or restaurant and is mugged in a parking garage or another public area lacking adequate security.
Whatever the circumstances of your potential legal case, an attorney can help you decide whether to file a negligent security lawsuit. This is a very important decision. Your lawyer can explain how legal process works and whether filing a lawsuit may be the best strategy for obtaining compensation after your attack.
How much time do I have to file a negligent security lawsuit in Louisiana?
Louisiana has very strict rules and regulations when it comes to taking legal action involving a violent crime or other common negligent security cases. Specifically, you have one year from the date of your incident to file a lawsuit in Louisiana. This deadline (which applies to all premises liability cases) is known as the statute of limitations.
If you do not file a lawsuit or take any other legal action during the first 12 months, you could forfeit your right to obtain any compensation for your injury-related expenses. This includes even if you need additional surgical procedures or other medical treatment in the future for the injury you sustained in a physical attack or another type of violent crime.
New Orleans negligent security lawyer John S. Williams understands the urgency of your case. When you hire our law firm to fight for you, we will thoroughly investigate your case in search of evidence to support your claim. When possible, we will demand to see security footage. If video cameras or cellphones captured images of your attack, we will work tirelessly to obtain this footage, as well. We know what to do and we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.
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This may be your only opportunity for justice. If you are a victim of a violent crime due to negligent security, contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation right now. New Orleans negligent security attorney John S. Williams has the knowledge, the skills and the passion you need to succeed. Schedule an appointment at our office today. We’re conveniently located on Canal Street in New Orleans.