A rape, robbery or assault is a deliberate act by a person or persons with evil intent. As criminal acts, the people responsible for these heinous acts will be prosecuted by the state in a criminal case.
However, business owners and property managers may play a role in allowing these attacks to happen. They have a legal obligation to protect people against criminal activity on their premises.
If you were injured as the victim of a crime, or if a loved one was killed, you may be able to sue the property owner or other third parties for damages, in addition to pursuing any assets of the perpetrator. The law firm of Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., has experience representing crime victims in these cases, with successful recoveries in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
Compensation For Negligent Security/Premises Liability
The owners and operators of businesses and properties must be vigilant to dangers and adopt appropriate safety measures to protect patrons, tenants and visitors. When they fail to take those precautions, innocent victims are unnecessarily exposed to crimes of violence, from muggings and sexual assaults to stabbings and shootings.
Experienced Lawyers Providing Aggressive Representation For Victims Of Crime
Experienced trial lawyer Ben Andreozzi and his team have brought personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against a wide range of commercial entities and property owners:
- Nightclubs and bars — Fights, beatings and armed assaults frequently occur inside and directly outside of bars, resulting in serious injury to the target of the attack or innocent bystanders. Too often, the venues are understaffed or lack a comprehensive security plan.
- Liquor establishments — Intoxicated patrons are the root of many problems, from drunken assaults to DUI accidents. Bars and restaurants are accountable under "dram shop" liability for injuries resulting from overserving, serving to minors or failing to bounce an unruly drunk before tragedy occurs.
- Apartments and housing complexes — Landlords have a duty to keep tenants and guests safe, via a secured entry, lighting and other security measures. Victims of assaults can sue the property owner for neglecting their obligation.
- Hotels and resorts — Under the law, innkeepers have a duty to protect guests by monitoring and securing their premises. Failing to take appropriate measures to deter criminal activity opens the ownership to liability.
- Shopping malls and parking lots — We commonly see civil cases against owners of retail properties who know that criminal activity is regularly occurring on their premises, but fail to implement policies or upgrade their security systems.
- Banks — As prime targets for robbery, banks must have comprehensive security plans in place to protect their patrons and employees as much as reasonably possible from an armed robber.
- Security companies — The point of hiring a security firm is to protect ourselves against violence. When an attack occurs because of inadequate staffing or training, failure of security equipment or other negligence, those contractors are liable for injuries.
Effective Representation For Crime Victims
Our attorneys represent victims of crime in Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and in Phoenix, Arizona. We are committed to holding businesses, property owners, government entities and private organizations accountable for failing in a duty to promote safety. Call us toll free at 800-724-5785, or contact us online.