In New York and nationwide, property owners have an obligation to keep consumers and those who enter their premises safe. That includes keeping the floors clear of hazards that can create a slip and fall, properly maintaining the building and supplying adequate security measures to protect those both inside and outside the location. When someone is injured as a result of failing to prevent any one of these issues, the victim may seek out the assistance of a personal injury lawyer and file a premises liability lawsuit in an attempt to obtain damages.
According to a survey completed by Zogby Analytics, 94 percent of U.S. workers surveyed said that they felt secure at their workplace. 77 percent believed that the company that they worked for had the proper security measures in place to keep everyone safe. However, this number is contrasted by the over 42 percent who claim that people are able to freely walk into their building without anyone questioning their reason for being there.
This survey brings up an interesting notion that many may feel protected even when they may not be. Criminal activity doesn’t only take place in the rough areas of town, but everywhere, and especially those areas that are not secure. This leads individuals to lower their guard and fall victim to criminal activity that likely could have been prevented.
If you have been injured as a result of security guard negligence, inadequate lighting or an improperly secured building, speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of seeking damages for medical bills, lost wages or other punitive damages suffered.
Source: The Courant, “Survey: 42 Percent Say Anyone Can Enter Their Workplace,” Sep. 17, 2013