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Negligent / Inadequate Security

Cappetta Law Offices, a Massachusetts personal injury firm, defends the rights of victims injured by third-party violence due to inadequate security. We are dedicated to providing you with around-the-clock service, free consultations, and no-cost representation unless we win your case. Our fees depend on your success. With offices in Natick and Framingham, Cappetta Law Offices will help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Time to Make Changes

Like other states, Massachusetts has seen the rise and fall of crime in its streets. The cycle seems arbitrary, though many try to link waves of violence to the economy or law enforcement. Since 9/11, the nation as a whole seems more cautious about security. This is because there is nothing worse than an attack you do not see coming. Random acts of violence continue to erupt with greater frequency, generally triggering overreaction in others. But rather than waiting passively for the next crime, responsible parties have a duty to secure the safety of their premises. This applies to any property through which others have to pass, including:

  • Rental property
  • Private residence
  • Places of employment
  • Airports, loading zones
  • Public areas hosting events
  • Grocery, convenience stores
  • Train, bus, or subway stations
  • Adjoining parking lots and garages
  • Bars, restaurants, commercial space
Invitees and Property Owners

Invitees are people who are on the property for any legitimate purpose. They include guests, employees, and commercial consumers. They also include those who must enter the property to read the meter, check cables, or deliver the mail. Unlike trespassers, property owners have a duty to protect invitees from unreasonable harm. This means taking steps to eliminate or repair any dangerous conditions on the property. Dangerous conditions might include:

  • Unsecured perimeter
  • Vicious dogs, animals
  • Past instances of crime
  • Dark places, dim lighting
  • Broken locks or windows
  • Proximity to unsavory activity
  • Area prone to third-party violence
  • Location in dangerous neighborhood
Foreseeable Danger to Invitees

Providing adequate security is essential to protecting invitees from unreasonable harm. This is especially important when dangerous conditions on or around the property leave invitees vulnerable to foreseeable danger. The failure to provide security may itself become a dangerous condition when invitees become victims of violence or crime. Third-party violence may include:

  • Fights, brawls
  • Gang shootings
  • Assault, robbery
  • Drug-related crime
  • Car, home break-ins
  • Kidnapping, mugging
  • Stalking, sexual violence

Although property owners are not responsible for preventing every instance of violence, they must take steps to secure the premises. This may mean installing brighter lights so the area is more visible at night, eliminating the threat of darkness. Owners could also build a gate to keep out unsavory characters and ensure that only invitees get in. This is common in fairs, concerts, and public events that require tickets. The use of cameras could also prove helpful in deterring, or at least recording, crime. Finally, owners may have to hire security personnel, from bouncers to armed guards, to patrol the premises and keep it safe for guests. Otherwise, owners may be held liable for preventable injuries caused by inadequate security.

Call a Massachusetts Premises Liability Lawyer for Help

If you were injured on property due to negligent/inadequate security, call premises liability attorney Daniel J. Cappetta for help. He promptly responds to your inquiries and works diligently to win your case at absolutely no up-front cost to you. Cappetta Law Offices will deal with all the insurance adjusters and third parties responsible for your harm. We help to ensure that negligent property owners bear their share of liability for any loss you have suffered. At your free in-person consultation, make sure to bring copies of any police reports or correspondence relating to the injury. Let us help you recover maximum compensation for property damage, medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. You pay no fees unless we win your case. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.