Denver property owners have a legal responsibility to make reasonable efforts to ensure the safety and security of people who are invited onto their property for business or personal reasons, as well as people who travel past the property as they go about their own business. The branch of civil law that deals with accidents that arise due to failure by property owners to meet these obligations is called premises liability law. This applies to owners of all kinds of property, from apartment buildings, to parking lots, to office buildings and stores, to sports arenas. One area of premises liability that can particularly be an issue at apartment buildings and places like parking lots and malls that are privately owned but invite large numbers of people is security.
When a business involves having large numbers of people present at the same time who don’t necessarily know each other, like a ballpark, or mall, or parking lot there is a potential for some of those people to commit violent acts against others or to steal from others. This potential is also very high at apartment buildings. While these things are, sadly, inevitable regardless of the actions of the property owner, he or she does have an obligation to take reasonable steps to minimize it, or to allow patrons the best possible opportunity to be safe from theft and violence.
Recovering compensation in cases in which a property owner has failed to provide adequate security may not be simple, so if you have been injured or lost property due to negligent security on someone’s property, you need an experienced Denver premises liability attorney to look out for your legal interests. The burden of proof in a civil claim is on the person making the complaint; if you feel that your loss or injury has been caused by the property owners’ negligence, it is up to you to prove it. A dedicated premises liability lawyer can help.
To prove negligence in a case like this, there are several steps. First, you need to show that the property owner had a duty to provide security. Then you must show that a reasonable person would have lived up to that duty more effectively than the property owner did. Finally, you must prove that you have suffered a loss as a result of this failure to provide adequate security. In other words, you need to prove that because of the property owner’s lack of security provision, you either lost something or were injured.
When it comes to proving negligence in a difficult case, experience matters; the Law Firm of Fuicelli and Lee has that experience. If you have suffered loss or injury due to the failure of a property owner to provide adequate security, contact the premises liability attorneys at Fuicelli and Lee, PC as soon as possible. They can explain your rights, and help you protect them. Keith Fuicelli and the rest of our attorneys, understand how to work within the system to ensure the best possible outcome for injured clients. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuicelli and Lee, PC at (303) 355-7202.
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