If you have been injured in an assault or attack at a nightclub, parking lot, school, or other premises where security staff are – or should be – in place to protect visitors, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Residential and commercial property owners have a legal duty to maintain “reasonably safe” premises fit for welcoming guests and patrons, and can be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur as a failure to meet that duty.
Please contact us for a free consultation with a Dallas negligent security lawyer. Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury practice with more than 30 years of experience in negligent security and assault claims in Texas. We will review the details of your case, identify all possible liable parties, and give you all the information you need to decide which next steps are right for you and your family. Reach out anytime by phone or through our easy and completely confidential online form.
Continue reading to learn more about why you can benefit from legal representation, what proof is necessary in a negligent security lawsuit, and what factors will contribute to the value of your case.
Do You Need a Dallas Security Negligence Lawyer?
A security negligence lawyer in Dallascan help if you’ve suffered assault injuries while at a:
- Parking Lot
- Bar or Nightclub
- Apartment or Condo Complex
- Trailer Park
- Gas Station or Convenience Mart
- Hotel, Motel, or Resort
- School or College Campus
- Retail Store or Shopping Mall
- Place of Worship
- Movie Theater
- Amusement Park
- Highway Rest Stop
- Public Transit
Pretty much any commercial property can be the scene of a violent attack. If you have been assaulted on someone else’s property, failure to provide adequate security measures could have been a factor in your injuries. Angel Reyes & Associates can investigate on your behalf, using security camera footage, eyewitness testimony, police reports, and other evidence to reconstruct the incident and identify what went wrong and why.
We offer a free consultation and work on contingency basis, meaning you pay no legal fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common injuries sustained during an assault include:
- Internal injuries
- Strains or sprains
Often, the upper body – including the head, arms, hands, and torso — bears the brunt of abuse, as the victim shields him or herself from the attack. Guns and knives can cause some of the most severe and life-threatening injuries.
In addition to physical injury, robberies, beatings, and rapes can cause long-lasting emotional trauma. Particularly in the case of sexual assaults, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and PTSD are common.
A Dallas injury lawyer will make sure that the full amount of your damages are calculated, including all medical bills arising from the assault (now and in the future), lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and other “non-economic” damages such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of quality of life.
What Evidence Do I Need to Prove That Security Was Negligent?
Every case is different, but potential factors indicating negligence include:
- Absence of security cameras or security personnel
- Broken gates, fences, locks, or doors
- Inadequate lighting
Angel Reyes & Associates has all the resources to conduct a thorough investigation, and we work with expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf. Former FBI agents, police officers, locksmiths, bouncers, and other security specialists can build a case as to why the property owner’s negligence led to your injuries.
Sometimes it is discovered that a property owner has ignored a security consultant’s warnings, failed to alert residents of known criminal activity on the property, or hired a contractor with a dubious background. At Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm, we leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the truth.
Negligent Security Settlements
Business owners could be liable for the following damages if you were hurt on their property due to security negligence:
- Past and future medical expenses stemming from your injuries
- Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
- An estimated amount of pain and suffering
- Wrongful death (if your loved one died in the attack)
- Punitive damages (in extreme cases of gross negligence)
Settlement amounts and jury awards in negligent security lawsuits depend on the unique circumstances of each case, including the severity of your injuries. The best way to get fair and full compensation is to have an experienced attorney on your side.
Who Is Liable for Security Guard Negligence?
If a security guard injures or harms someone while on duty – or if their negligence was a direct contributing factor to someone on the premises being harmed – then the security firm that employed the guard, as well as the property owner who hired the security firm, may be liable for any damages that result. The security guard as an individual may also be sued if he or she failed to prevent injury to a person who was lawfully on the premises, or did not take reasonable action to protect a person in danger.
Free Consultation With a Dallas Negligent Security Lawyer
If you were hurt in a bar, store, hotel, or other commercial property, security lapses on the part of ownership could be to blame. Call Angel Reyes & Associates to speak with an experienced Dallas premises liability lawyer. You pay nothing at all for the initial consultation, and we charge no attorney fees unless we recover money on your behalf.