Victims of violent crimes often feel that they have nowhere to turn for help. In some cases, the police may be able to catch the criminal and file charges against him or her. While that provides some justice, it does not pay for medical bills and other costs. What many violent crime victims do not know is that, depending on the circumstances, they may be able to file a personal injury claim in order to obtain compensation. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an assault or shooting, you may want to talk to a lawyer.
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First of all, the crime must have resulted in a serious injury that requires you to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. Victims of physical assaults, sexual assaults and shootings are often severely injured.
Second, the crime must have occurred on someone else’s property. For example, assaults and shootings committed at hotels, bars and nightclubs, gas stations, shopping centers and other properties may lead to valid personal injury claims. These claims are referred to as premises liability claims, because they will be filed against the property owner.
In order for these claims to be successful, there must be evidence that the property owner knew about or should have known about the possibility of criminal activity, and should have taken steps to prevent it. These cases often involve some form of negligent security.
Motels should have functioning locks on doors and windows. Clubs and drinking establishments should have sufficient and properly trained security staff. Gas stations should have security cameras. Shopping center parking lots should be well lit. If a business fails to take any of these basic security steps, the property owner may be held accountable for any harm that befalls a patron due to criminal activity, particularly if the property has a history of criminal activity.
At the Law Office of George B. Ready, in DeSoto County, we are prepared to seek compensation for people who were raped in hotel rooms, assaulted at bars or nightclubs, shot during robberies at convenience stores, attacked in shopping center parking ramps, or otherwise harmed during the commission of a crime that could have been prevented. We know how to build strong cases, because we have more than 40 years of experience serving injured people in Hernando and throughout northern Mississippi. You can turn to us for help getting compensation.
Call 662-429-7088 to discuss your premises liability case with an experienced attorney. You can also get in touch with us through email. The consultation is free. We handle all cases on a contingency basis. That means you will only be asked to pay if your case is a success.