Were you the victim of a violent crime? Many violent crimes can be prevented when property owners fulfill their legal responsibility to provide adequate security for their premises. Minnesota law recognizes this, creating the basis for building security negligence cases.
Property owners are supposed to ensure their properties are well-lit and have proper locks. In some cases they’re supposed to provide security systems and human patrols as well, especially if their location is known and understood to be dangerous.
Sometimes violent crimes are committed by the employees of a business, too. That is why most businesses screen their employees, since they can be held responsible for failing to do so if one of their employees hurts someone.
If you are the victim of a violent crime, see to your safety first. Then perform the following steps to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a future negligent security personal injury case.
First, seek medical attention immediately, especially if the injury is life-threatening. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions as you can weaken your case by failing to do so.
Report the incident to the police as soon as you are able to do so. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report.
If someone asks you to sign documents about the incident, refuse. Property owners or their insurance companies may encourage you to do this in an effort to keep you from seeking damages later. You are not legally obligated to sign anything, however, no matter how persuasive a representative may sound.
Finally, call a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to share the details of your case and to learn whether or not you are entitled to additional damages.
You can, of course, call us. BGS has served the Minneapolis area for decades and we’ve got a team of experienced personal injury lawyers. If you want someone who is trustworthy, compassionate, and serious about helping you get justice, contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen today.