Supporting Victims With Negligent Security Claims

While a property owner cannot be held accountable for all crimes on their premises, they have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment. If an individual suffers a crime on residential or commercial property, the property owner may be liable for neglecting to provide adequate security measures.

For a strong case, you must demonstrate that the property owner could reasonably foresee the criminal activity, yet failed to take action to prevent it. Criminal activity can include rape, robbery and assault.

Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., has experience both in criminal law and premises liability cases. We utilize our knowledge in both of these fields to thoroughly investigate the incident and assert your rights to the full extent of the law.

Understanding The Responsibilities Of Illinois Landowners

Illinois landowners have a responsibility to provide reasonable security measures. Expected levels of security vary depending upon the area and past incidents of criminal activity.

For example, if multiple robberies occur in a restaurant parking lot, the owner should be able to reasonably foresee another robbery. They should install security measures, such as better lighting or cameras, to prevent subsequent incidents. If they fail to do so, the property owner may be liable for future robberies.

However, if a rape occurs in a parking garage previously free of criminal activity, the owner may not be liable or expected to have security measures in place. They would have no reason to suspect that a rape would take place on the premises.

Property owners may also be held accountable for unreasonably severe security measures. For example, a bar may be liable if the bouncer is unnecessarily rough discharging a patron from the establishment.

Custom Case Strategies That Can Achieve Results

Our firm will investigate the circumstances surrounding your case to develop a strong strategy that can protect your interests. We address each case on an individual basis and develop custom strategies that can achieve results. Once we formulate a claim against the property owner, we may be able to pursue compensation in the form of recovered medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering charges.

Contact Our Accomplished Trial Lawyers

If you are harmed due to negligent security, call 630-517-3279 or toll free at 888-349-0695 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our skilled trial attorneys. You may also contact our Wheaton offices online.