If a property owner does not provide adequate security measures, you could be seriously injured. There are several elements you must prove for a successful claim for compensation.
Negligent security claim
First, you must show that the owner or occupier of the property owed you a duty of care to provide a reasonable level of security and protect you from harm. The harm must have been foreseeable, meaning that the owner or occupier could have reasonably anticipated the risk of harm.
You must also show that the property owner breached this duty. This could be because they did not address known security risks or did not have proper lighting, for example. Your harm must have been caused by the lack of security and you must have suffered actual damages like financial losses, emotional distress or physical injuries.
Injuries and other impact
You can suffer several types of injuries caused by negligent security. Inadequate security can increase the likelihood of an assault or other violent activity, which could leave you with cuts, bruises and broken bones, as well as traumatic injuries in serious situations.
You could also be a victim of theft because missing safety measures like a security alarm, locks or security guards could make it easier to steal from visitors. In housing communities, like apartment or condo complexes, you could be hurt if the property owner or occupier does not adequately control access to the premises.
It may be necessary to seek compensation for your injuries, which can be physical and emotional.