Amusement parks, movie theaters, and sports centers are just a few of the venues many of us love to spend our leisure time, not to mention a significant amount of money, in many cases. While you’ll head off to your weekend or evening activities without a care in the world, visits to these premises don’t always go as well as you’d hoped. You may have booked your tickets or made your reservation assuming that your safety and comfort would be taken care of but, unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Some accidents simply cannot be avoided but, where busy events are planned, the venue has a responsibility to ensure they have implemented sufficient security measures to keep the area as safe as possible.
How Poor Security Could Lead to Serious Injury
Failure to ensure appropriate security measures are in place during an event doesn’t necessarily refer to having security guards onsite to keep an eye out for those sneaking in contraband items, and making sure everyone takes their allocated seat. In one case, a premises liability case was successfully filed against the Dodgers when the victim of a beating in the car park claimed that better security and lighting in the parking zone could have saved him from his injuries. The baseball team was ordered to pay around $18 million in compensation to Bryan Stow after a jury ruled that his claim was valid.
Some of the most common premises injury lawsuits involve slip and fall accidents, where a visitor to a particular venue has, perhaps, slipped on a wet floor without ample warning signage, or tripped over a loose wire, and sustained injury. As the injuries associated with slips and falls can require hospitalization, lengthy spells of medical treatment, and loss of earnings through being unable to work, you may be entitled to compensation from the owners of the premises in question.
However, if any of the following factors apply to the premises where your accident occurred, you may be able to file a lawsuit on the grounds of inadequate security. Some of the scenarios where this may apply could include:
- Inadequate security lighting and/or surveillance cameras on the premises
- Dimly-lit car parking zones, walkways or other areas
- A lack of adequate fencing, secure entryways, or similar
- A lack of security personnel in a situation where you would expect them to be present
- Untrained security personnel
- Failure on the venue’s part to carry out background checks into the staff they hired
How a Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney Can Deal with Negligent Security
Bear in mind that the examples above are just that – examples – and not a full list of anything which may qualify as negligent security. If you’ve been injured in a situation where you feel better security could have prevented it, it’s time to get a Los Angeles premises liability attorney on the case.
At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we will work tirelessly to establish liability in your case, and ensure that you don’t have to cover medical bills and loss of earnings out of your own pocket. Contact us today on 310-997-0904 for a free initial consultation.