Negligent Building Maintenance And Negligent Security
From poor lighting to broken security cameras, you may have a claim
Building maintenance matters when it comes to public safety. When building owners fail to properly maintain their building, people who use these buildings can be put at risk of being mugged, attacked, or become the victim of another violent crime.
Negligent security lawyer Randy M. Andrus in Salt Lake City understands how poor building maintenance can often play a role in criminal activity. That’s because he has more than three decades of legal experience. He understands how the legal system works. He knows what questions to ask. He knows what evidence matters. You can count on him when it matters most.
When you have attorney Andrus and his knowledgeable legal team at Andrus Law Firm on your side, you can trust us to find out what happened and to demand the financial compensation you deserve, whether it’s through a negotiated settlement claim or a jury verdict obtained in court. We’re focused on winning your case.
What does building maintenance have to do with negligent security?
Owners of buildings used by the public (apartment complexes, shopping malls, government buildings, etc.) have a legal responsibility to properly maintain their property. This includes making sure their property is safe for the public to use. Otherwise, violent attacks or other criminal activity could occur due to their negligence.
Examples of negligent building maintenance that could result in a negligent security attack or other criminal activity include:
- Poor lighting, especially in parking garages, stairways, and other public spaces
- Locked emergency exits that prevent people from getting out of a building
- Unlocked emergency exits that allow intruders to get into a building
- Non-functioning locks on doors or windows
- Broken security cameras
Whatever the circumstances of your attack or other criminal activity, you can count on attorney Andrus to investigate your incident and demand justice for you.
Who can I file a negligent security lawsuit against for building maintenance?
In many cases, you can take legal action against the owner of the building in a negligent security case involving poor building maintenance. Depending on the circumstances of your case, other parties you may be able to take legal action against could include:
- The landlord or management company for the building
- The maintenance company responsible for maintaining the building
- The parent company if the building houses a chain store or the business owned by a larger corporation
The key to filing a successful lawsuit often involves proving the at-fault party knew there was a hazardous situation and chose to do nothing about it. This is especially important in Utah, which has a “modified comparative fault” system when it comes to compensation for injury victims in negligence cases.
Under Utah’s modified comparative fault system, you need to demonstrate that the at-fault party was at least 50 percent at fault in order to receive compensation. You can still receive financial compensation even if you were slightly at fault, as long as you were no more than 50 percent at fault. That’s why it’s critical that you have a lawyer who thoroughly understands how Utah’s legal system works on your side, working for you.
How can a negligent security lawyer help with my case?
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. The building owner, their insurance company and their attorneys will likely mount a strong legal case in their defense. They will likely insist they did everything they could to make their property safe and free of dangerous situations.
Our legal team takes nothing for granted. We will thoroughly investigate your case and search for the facts that matter. Some the ways an attorney can help you with you case include:
- Reviewing the building’s maintenance records to find out the last time improvements or routine maintenance were made to the building
- Reviewing mandatory inspection reports for the building and verifying if recommended improvements were made to the building
- Analyzing security video footage, if available, from the building or neighboring buildings to gather evidence in support of your claim
- Interviewing eyewitnesses, if possible, who saw what happened to you or your loved one
- Dealing directly with the property owner or property owner’s insurance company on your behalf
- Negotiating a settlement offer for your injury-related expenses on your behalf
- Filing a lawsuit, if necessary, in order to obtain the financial compensation that you deserve
- Representing you in all court proceedings if your case goes to trial
The stakes can be very high when serious injuries or fatalities occur as a result of negligent building maintenance. Your injury claim or wrongful death case could be worth thousands or millions of dollars.
Discover what Andrus Law Firm can do for you
Your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding the at-fault party responsible for their actions. It’s about making sure other people can safely use the same property in the future. It’s about justice. Learn more about your legal rights. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with a negligent security attorney in Salt Lake City who puts your needs first – Randy M. Andrus.