If you have been assaulted on a college campus, and it was due to the owner not providing enough security, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Normally college’s have insurance coverage available. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, contact us 24/7 toll free or fill out a contact form.
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When Are Colleges Responsible For Assaults On Their Campus?
Colleges and universities are not responsible every time a crime occurs on their campus. However, they have a legal duty to make sure that their buildings and campuses are safe for their students and guests and to protect them from foreseeable criminal conduct. If the college or university had reason to know that someone might be assaulted, but they failed to take enough precautions to prevent more crime, they may have provided inadequate security.
Examples of steps that a college or university could have taken to prevent future criminal conduct include:
- Adding, fixing, or replacing inadequate lighting, especially in common areas.
- Adding, fixing, or replacing security cameras throughout the campus, including in academic, administrative, and residential buildings.
- Hiring trained security personnel to monitor the campus.
- Installing emergency call boxes or other methods of summoning emergency help.
- Installing electronic locks on doors which have common access, so that only authorized people can enter buildings.
What Kinds Of Injuries Can You Be Compensated For?
Kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, robberies and physical assaults are common college campus injuries stemming from inadequate security. These injuries occur when the criminal is able to move freely throughout the campus, and is not deterred by normal security measures. The criminal could be either a trespasser on the campus, a visitor, or another student.
What Should You Do If You’ve Suffered A College Campus Injury?
- Contact the police. Campus police and the town’s police department will be able to launch an investigation to find the criminal, and they will be able to document the incident which can be used as evidence in a lawsuit.
- See a doctor. Make sure that you are treated for all of your injuries. Physical injuries are often the least serious injuries you can suffer. Mental anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other psychological injuries can last for weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime.
- Consider hiring an experienced inadequate security lawyer. They will be able to give you advice on whether or not you have a potential claim, and how much compensation you deserve.
What Is Your Inadequate Security Case Worth?
Awards and settlements vary on a case by case basis. Typically, victims can be compensated for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses. Since each case if different, you should contact an experienced inadequate security lawyer to see if you have a case and how much it may be worth. It is not uncommon for these cases to be worth a lot of money.
These awards can range from a few thousand dollars into the millions. For example, a Virginia woman is seeking $10 Million dollars from Virginia Wesleyan College after she was raped on campus. She alleges that she was raped after her drink was spiked at a college sponsored party and that the school was aware of the danger the party presented, but didn’t do enough to stop it.
Who Pays You If You Win?
In most cases, the college or university’s insurance company will pay in a settlement or award. Colleges have insurance which can cover third party criminal conduct that occurs on the campus. Additionally, the criminal themselves will have to pay, however, it is often the case that the criminal is unknown or cannot pay. An experienced inadequate security lawyer will be able to tell you if the college is responsible for compensating you.
How Much Does It Cost In Legal Fees?
We charge the industry standard fee 1/3 of the settlement or award. You are only charged if you get money.
How Much Time Do You Have?
In both Rhode Island and Massachusetts you usually have to file a lawsuit within 3 years of the injury. However, the time limit sometimes varies and only an experienced inadequate security lawyer will be able to say if you have a valid claim.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to inadequate security on a college campus, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We can file a claim for you and do not charge a fee unless you receive an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form on our website.