Denver Inadequate Security Attorneys
Premises liability is an area of law that relates to injuries or deaths suffered because of an unsafe or defective condition on another party’s property. Inadequate security is a type of premises liability that could be claimed by a person who was the victim of a violent crime or possible sexual assault in a public place because there was no security provided.
Business security needs can vary depending on a number of factors, so inadequate security claims are not always easy to pursue. The foreseeability of a criminal episode can be one important factor in these cases, and many property owners will often attempt to claim that an attack or some other violent episode could not have been anticipated.
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in an accident because of inadequate security in the Denver area? You need to retain legal counsel as quickly as possible so that you can have the best chance of getting the maximum amount of compensation for all the damages you have suffered.
The Bourassa Law Group is a bilingual (English and Spanish) law firm that has extensive experience successfully handling inadequate security premises liability cases. Call us at (303) 331-6186 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
Do I Need an Inadequate Security Lawyer?
You may know that your injuries or your loved one’s death was the result of a property owner’s failure to provide adequate security, but you should not expect the property owner to be forthcoming with an admission of guilt. In many cases, property owners will claim that there was nothing they could do to prevent violent or other criminal actions and they will deny any liability for them.
You need an attorney who can help prove your case that a property owner’s security measures were deficient and that your injuries or a loved one’s death are directly related to that deficiency. A lawyer has resources at their disposal to unequivocally demonstrate that the property owner needed additional security. This can include demonstrating that the location where your injuries or a loved one’s death occurred was in a high-crime or high-traffic area.
Businesses should have systems in place to report and collect information about criminal activity on or near their premises. They should also have corresponding security measures that are designed to adequately protect both the inner and outer parts of their property. Additionally, employees should receive consistent and continual training so that they’re able to recognize illegal or criminal activity and they know what to do when they see it.
Inadequate security not only affects people visiting places of business but it can also impact residences, such as apartment complexes, college dorms, gated communities, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.
An attorney will provide invaluable assistance in proving that your injuries or a loved one’s death was a direct result of inadequate security and they will work diligently to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group To Handle My Case?
Mark J. Bourassa is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and received the Client Champion Award in 2018. He is a member of the Better Business Bureau as well as the State Bar of Arizona, State Bar of California, and Nevada State Bar.
Hillary R. Ross is licensed to practice in all state courts in California and Colorado as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the District of Colorado, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Valerie Gray began as a clerk for The Bourassa Law Group before becoming an associate attorney.
Melina D. Favors is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of Arizona, and American Civil Liberties Union.
Stuart Hawkins is admitted to practice in all state courts in Colorado and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The Bourassa Law Group handles all our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay us anything until we win your case. We will first try to negotiate a fair settlement for your case, but if that fails, we are fully prepared to file a lawsuit and go to court for you to ensure that you get the compensation you are owed.
Types of Inadequate Security Cases We Handle
Keep in mind that an inadequate security case could involve either a commercial business or a residential property owner. Some of the most common locations involved in inadequate security claims include, but are not limited to:
- Shopping malls
- Apartment complexes
- Automated teller machines (ATMs)
- Retail establishments
- Bars and nightclubs
- Parks and recreational areas
- Convenience stores
- Parking lots
- Hotels or motels
- Parking garages
- Office buildings
- Movie theaters
An inadequate security claim requires that the same four elements that are central to most negligence claims are proven:
- A property owner had a duty of care to you
- The property owner breached their duty of care by not caring for you
- That breach of duty caused you to suffer injuries (or death)
- Those injuries (or that death) resulted in damages.
Many factors are considered in these types of cases, including the actual physical locations of such incidents and the criminal and illegal activity history in that area. It is easier to prove that a property owner should have foreseen criminal acts when there was a clear history of violent crimes or other offenses in a neighborhood.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Inadequate Security
What should I do if I am involved in an accident resulting from inadequate security?
After any kind of attack or other incident involving inadequate security, your first step should always be to seek medical attention. You should do this even if you do not think you were hurt. You want to be certain that you did not sustain an injury with symptoms that will manifest themselves later.
You should file a report with the on-duty officer or manager for the. You should also contact local law enforcement so a police or sheriff’s report can be filed as well.
When it is possible, take as many pictures as you can of the exact location where your incident occurred.
If you’re able and anyone else saw the incident happen, ask them for their name, address, phone number, and email so that your attorney can get in touch with them if they are needed as witnesses.
Finally, make sure that you contact a personal injury attorney before you speak to any insurance company.
What is the difference between a trespasser, licensee, and invitee?
A trespasser is a person who is on another party’s property without the property owner’s consent.
A licensee often has permission or consent to be on another party’s property, but they are on the property for their own purposes.
An invitee is a person who was directly invited onto property or who is on the property for some kind of mutual interest between them and the property owner.
Each group of individuals has differing abilities to recover damages in these cases.
Trespassers generally cannot recover anything unless they were involved in security incidents purposely caused by property owners.
Licensees may recover damages when a property owner fails to exercise reasonable care with respect to security dangers they knowingly created or if the property owner fails to warn the licensee about security dangers they did not create, but knew about.
An invitee could be entitled to damages when they are harmed because of a property owner’s failure to exercise reasonable care to protect against inadequate security concerns that they did know or should have known about.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for inadequate security?
Colorado law stipulates that all civil claims relating to wrongful acts (which an inadequate security claim is) must be filed within two years from the date the incident occurred. However, the statute of limitations is different for minors (when the incident occurred) and mentally incompetent victims.
Minors have two years after their 18th birthday to file an inadequate security lawsuit and mentally incompetent victims have two years after they regain (if they do) mental competence to file an inadequate security lawsuit.
Contact an Inadequate Security Attorney in Denver
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident caused by inadequate security in Denver or a surrounding area of Colorado, do not wait another moment to get yourself an experienced lawyer. The Bourassa Law Group is ready and able to help you get justice.
Our firm understands the tremendous stress that people in these situations are dealing with. We handle every aspect of the legal end of things for you so that you can completely focus on your recovery. We can answer all of your legal questions, so call us at (303) 331-6186 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.