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Neligent Security Basics

When it comes to dealing with crime, there is more to the landlord-tenant relationship than meets the eye. Landlords have a rather complex duty of care to licensees, and if you are ever a victim of crime on your landlord’s property in which security measures were inadequate, you may be eligible to file a negligent security claim.

Common examples of inadequate security measures on a property include:

– Absent/inadequate security personnel
– Absent/inadequate surveillance cameras
– Broken/defective doors, locks, or gates
– Broken/unsteady stairs or steps
– Defective alarm systems or emergency call boxes
– Poor lighting

To have a viable claim, it must be proven that the injury was caused by negligence – specifically, negligent security – on behalf of the property owner. According to premises liability law in Illinois, a property owner may be liable for injuries which result from dangerous conditions on the property, and this includes conditions in which an attack by a third party may have been “foreseeable” due to negligent security. Some odd factors have contributed to plaintiffs’ success in particular cases, such as: prevalence of crime in the area, proposed assurance from the landlord of the excellence of security measures; and landlords’ disregard of recommendations from their own detective agencies regarding when security guards should be on duty.

A successful case requires a thorough investigation, including analyses of medical and police reports and plenty of corresponding paperwork. Don’t be intimidated by what may seem like an overwhelming process; with experienced personal injury attorneys on your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands and you will earn the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime due to negligent security, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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