Unsafe Shopping Malls and Stores
Were you attacked in a shopping center or retail store in Salt Lake City?
Stores and shopping malls should be safe and welcoming places. Whether you’re shopping in City Creek Center, Trolley Square or another shopping center or store in Salt Lake City, you should not have to worry about whether you will be attacked, mugged or a victim of another violent crime. Unfortunately, attacks can occur in shopping malls and other retail stores. When they do, it’s important that injury victims get the care and the compensation they deserve.
In Utah, many injury victims and their families turn to attorney Randy M. Andrus in Salt Lake City to handle their negligent security claim. Attorney Andrus has more than three decades of legal experience. His knowledgeable staff at Andrus Law Firm, including his wife, Cynthia, thoroughly understand how the legal system works here.
As your legal team, we can gather the evidence you need to build the strongest possible legal case. We can then demand the financial compensation you rightfully deserve, whether through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict at trial. You can count on us.
What makes shopping malls or retail stores unsafe?
Shopping malls and other retail stores have an obligation to make sure customers can safely shop in their businesses. Unfortunately, some store owners don’t take this responsibility seriously, resulting in a dangerous or hazardous situation on their premises.
When this happens, negligent security often plays a role in these attacks or other criminal activity. Some of the different ways stores or shopping malls can become dangerous and susceptible to crime include:
- Defective security cameras that don’t work
- No one monitoring surveillance cameras and responding to criminal activity
- Poor lighting, especially in parking garages, stairways, and other public spaces on the property
- No security guards
- Slow response time by security guards
- No security alarms or similar security devices
Shopping malls and stores have a responsibility to keep their premises safe. When they don’t and you are the victim of a mugging, attack or another violent crime, the store or the owner of the property should be held accountable for negligent security.
Can I sue a shopping mall or store for negligent security?
In many cases, you can file a negligent security lawsuit against a shopping mall or store if you’re the victim of criminal activity. That’s because property owners can be held legally responsible for negligent security, an area of the law that involves premises liability, which simply states that property owners can be held responsible for injuries that occur on their property due to negligence.
In order to win your case, you will likely need to prove one or more of the following:
- The store owner or building management company knew the property was dangerous but failed to do anything about it. (Criminal activity took place in the past, but the owner didn’t install security cameras, didn’t hire security guards, etc.)
- The store owner or building management company should have reasonably known there was a dangerous situation on the property, since it had existed for a long period of time. (Surveillance cameras haven’t worked for months, light bulbs in parking garages have been burnt out for years, etc.)
- The store owner or building management company breached its duty to keep the premises safe. (If you are on the store’s property legally, the store has a legal obligation to make sure you’re safe.)
Proving that a store or shopping mall failed to take your safety seriously can be challenging. That’s why it’s important to discuss your potential case with an attorney as soon as possible.
How do I know if I have a negligent security case against a shopping mall or store?
Evidence matters when it comes to building strong legal cases. This is especially true when it comes to negligent security cases involving shopping malls and retail stores. Often, you will need proof that they failed to provide the necessary measures to protect your safety. This evidence can include:
- Police reports documenting recent criminal activity on the premises and the store’s failure to take any safety precautions in response.
- Slow response time by security guards at the mall or shopping center. This can often be verified with security video footage or eyewitness testimony.
- No security guards or working security cameras, even though the store or shopping mall is located in a high-crime area or a neighborhood with frequent criminal activity.
Still not sure if you have a negligent security case? Simply talk to an experienced attorney who handles these cases in your area. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay for your injury-related expenses out of your own pocket.
Put the power of a Utah negligent security lawyer to work for you
Remember, you didn’t do anything wrong. You simply went shopping and became a victim of a violent crime. You should not have to suffer simply because the owner of the shopping mall or store didn’t take the necessary precautions to protect your safety. You have rights and your attorney can fight for them, including demanding the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our law firm in Salt Lake City and schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced lawyer who knows how to handle negligent security cases. Attorney Andrus can answer any questions you might have, explain the legal options available to you, then get straight to work on your case. We fight for justice in Utah.