Personal Injury Video Law Tip
“You can sue an apartment building owner for negligence of a rape that occured, particularly if the owner knows that the area is dangerous, that there have been other rapes in the area, and they have taken no steps to secure and protect the residence of the apartment complex.” – Bill Abel
Additional Information about suing an apartment building owner for negligent security for a rape that occurred
If you are a victim of a crime at an apartment building (or any other public setting) you may be able to sue the apartment building owner, the management company, and the security company. If you have been a victim of a violent crime, you should consult an attorney to determine whether you have a negligent security claim. Most negligence cases boil down to whether the party or parties responsible for the property knew or should have known that their business is located a high crime area and that they failed to take reasonable security measures for guests.
The first step is to determine all of the parties that have responsibility for property (whether it is for a mall, public parking lot, or apartment complex or condo). This will vary depending upon the type of property where the crime occurred. The next step is to determine whether the area is in a high crime area which requires obtaining crime data from the police department.
In order for the defendant to know (or should have known) that they were in a high crime area, the crime data should show that there have been similar prior violent crimes within the crime grid. Of course, if the same type of crime occurred previously on the property, then the property owner had actual knowledge that their business was being run in a dangerous location.
The last step is showing that despite knowing of this criminal environment, the business did not take reasonable steps to protect its customers. Typically, this requires a security expert to analyze the crime data and the business’ security protocols and render an opinion as to whether the defendant did anything wrong. If you have been a victim of a violent crime, you should consult an attorney to determine whether you have a negligent security claim.
Personal injury law video number 100022: Can I sue an apartment building owner for negligent security for a rape that occurred?