Can You Sue if You are Assaulted on Private Property?
Violence doesn’t discriminate. It can occur in your home, at the park or on private property—whether it’s commercial or residential. In most cases, business owners are not responsible for the acts of third parties, but if the actions are foreseeable, the business owner might have a responsibility to prevent the actions. If you were assaulted at a bar, restaurant, or a university campus, you might have a premises liability claim on your hands.
Property owners have a legal obligation to deter criminals from committing crimes, such as assault, against those who visit their properties. This includes providing adequate lighting, security, surveillance systems, working locks, and hiring trained employees. While private property can be either residential or commercial, business owners are usually held to a higher standard when it comes to this duty of care.
Examples of establishments that are obligated to provide adequate security include:
- Apartment complexes
- Shopping centers
- Parking lots
When establishments such as these do not provide enough security or precautions to ensure the safety of visitors, they can become targets for criminal behavior. This means that if you are assaulted and injured on private property as a result of insufficient security, you may be able to pursue a premises liability lawsuit to hold a property owner or manager responsible for the incident. Damages you can recover include costs for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with your injuries.
If you have been assaulted on private property due to property owner negligence, please contact our Orange County personal injury lawyers at Law Office of Marshall Silberberg. We are more than willing to discuss your legal options with you and answer any questions you may have about your premises liability case.
Call (949) 565-4281 or contact us online today for a free consultation.