If you have been assaulted at mall, 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 there is insurance coverage available. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, contact us 24/7 toll free or fill out a contact form.
Have You Been Assaulted or Injured Due To Inadequate Mall Security?
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When Are Malls Responsible For Assaults?
Mall and shopping center owners are not always responsible for criminal conduct which occurs on their property, but they have a duty to make sure that their buildings are safe for their shoppers and to protect them from foreseeable criminal conduct. If the mall had reason to know that crimes were likely to occur and they failed to take any precautions to prevent further crime, they may have provided you with inadequate security.
Examples of steps that a mall could have taken to prevent future criminal conduct include:
- Adding, fixing, or replacing security cameras throughout the mall, including in independently operated stores.
- Hiring properly trained security guards to monitor the mall.
- Implementing other security measures, such as dress codes to prevent gang related activity or enforcing rules against loitering, which could deter potential criminals.
What Is Your Mall Injury 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 be quite large. For example, an Oklahoma jury awarded $500,000 to a shopper who was shot by a shoplifter while security guards tried to apprehend the shooter.
What Types Of Injuries Can You Be Compensated For?
Common mall injuries stemming from inadequate security are assaults, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, and robberies. These injuries occur when the criminal is able to move freely throughout the mall, and is not deterred by normal security measures. The criminal could be either a trespasser on the property, or another shopper.
What Should You Do If You’ve Suffered A Mall Injury?
- Contact the police immediately. The police 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 as soon as possible. Make sure that you are treated for all of your injuries. Physical injuries are usually 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 who will be able to give you advice on whether or not you have a potential claim and how much compensation you deserve.
Who Pays You If You Win A Settlement Or Award?
The mall’s insurance company will often cover injuries to victims, who were assaulted by a criminal, if it can be shown that the owner did not take proper precautions to protect people that had the right to be on the premises. The criminal is also responsible, but they typically do not have the money to pay. Lawyers who handle inadequate security cases can easily find out how much insurance coverage the owner of a mall has.
How Much Does It Cost In Legal Fees?
We charge the industry standard fee of 1/3 of the settlement or award, and you are only charged if we get you money.
How Much Time Do You Have To File A Mall Injury Lawsuit?
In both Rhode Island and Massachusetts you usually have to file a lawsuit within 3 years of the injury in order to be compensated. However, the time limit often 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 at a mall due to inadequate security, 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.