Injured In An Unsafe Apartment Complex or Condo?
An attorney can demand compensation for your negligent security claim
Were you visiting a friend in an apartment complex when someone violently assaulted you? Or maybe you were shot or stabbed in a hallway in your condo building? Or are you dealing with the aftermath of being mugged or raped in an apartment building parking garage?
Whatever the circumstances of your violent attack or other criminal activity, the owner of the building or landlord may be to blame. This is especially true if the building owner or property management company failed to take the necessary precautions to protect the safety of people on the property. In these cases, you may be able to file a negligent security lawsuit against them.
Attorney Randy M. Andrus in Salt Lake City knows how to handle complex legal cases. He understands how the justice system works in Utah and he knows what legal strategies work. That’s because he has more than three decades of legal experience. As your attorney, he will work with you to build the strongest possible legal case and demand the financial compensation you deserve.
Attorney Andrus and his legal team at Andrus Law Firm work tirelessly to help injury victims. In particular, we have an in-depth knowledge of the rules and regulations governing premises liability cases, an area of the law involving the responsibilities of property owners, including making sure that a property is safe for the public to use.
What are contributing factors to injuries sustained in an unsafe apartment complex?
Injuries sustained in an attack or another criminal incident in an apartment complex or condo often occur due to unsafe conditions. Some of the contributing factors to unsafe conditions in these residences can include:
- Poor lighting, especially in stairwells, parking garages and other, public places
- Secure front door left open or unlocked
- Emergency exits propped open to allow intruders inside or locked inside to prevent people from escaping from an attacker
- No security cameras or working video cameras in the building
- Slow response time to an incident by security guard on premises
- The apartment complex or condo has a history of criminal activity or is located in a high crime area, but the owners of the building failed to take any precautions to protect the public
Whatever the circumstances of your apartment complex injury, if negligent security played a role in your incident, an attorney can investigate your claim and demand the compensation you deserve.
What responsibilities do apartment complex owners have for keeping the building safe?
Building owners and landlords managing apartment buildings and condos have a responsibility to take the necessary steps to keep residents safe and free from harm. These steps include:
- Common areas in building (parking garage, stairwell, lobby, elevator, etc.) need to be safe and secure spaces.
- Emergency exits must be in proper working order, as well as prevent people from unlawfully entering building.
- Many building owners or managers install security cameras in public places. When those video cameras are installed, the apartment complex’s owner or manager needs to make sure those cameras are in proper working order and monitored at all times.
- If security guards are on premises, security personnel need to be properly trained and need to respond in a timely manner to criminal activity.
You expect to be reasonably safe and free from harm in a condo or apartment complex, especially if you live in the building yourself. If the building’s owner or manager fails to take steps to protect public safety, an attorney can help you explore possible legal options.
Can I sue an apartment complex owner for negligent security?
In certain circumstances, you can file a lawsuit against an apartment complex owner if you were attacked or you’re the victim of a crime due to negligent security. However, in order for your case to be successful, you will likely need to prove that the building owner or manager knew there was a risk to public safety but did nothing about it.
These legal cases are often very complicated. That’s because the apartment complex owner or manager will often deny knowing there was a risk to public safety. Other times, they may claim they took preventative steps, even though they didn’t do anything at all.
When this happens, filing a negligent security lawsuit against the apartment complex owner or management company might be the best way to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injury-related expenses. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay your medical bills and other expenses out of your own pocket.
How do I prove negligent security caused my apartment complex injury?
Apartment building owners or managers often deny wrongdoing when someone sustains an injury in their building due to lack of security. That’s why it’s critical that you have evidence that safety measures were not taken and resulted in your injury. This evidence can include:
- Photographs of defective security cameras, non-working security doors or whatever contributed to your injury or attack
- Interviews with witnesses who saw what happened to you
- Video footage of your attack or other criminal activity in the apartment building
- Police reports, especially if there are more than one, of criminal activity in your building and what your building owner did in response to these incidents
Evidence matters, especially when it comes negligent security claims. That’s why it’s critical that you have a legal team you can trust, fighting for your rights every step of the way. An experienced attorney can investigate your incident, gather important evidence and take legal action on your behalf, including filing a lawsuit, if necessary.
Having a lawyer investigate your claim is especially important in Utah since the state has a “modified comparative fault” system for negligent security cases. This means you can still receive money, even if you are found to be partially at fault, but you must be either 50 percent or less at fault. If you are more than 50 percent at fault, you will not be financially compensated.
Put your trust in a negligent security attorney who will fight for you
The time to act is now. Discover how a dedicated lawyer can help with your case. Contact our Salt Lake City law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with attorney Andrus. You have rights. We can stand up for them.