Assaulted at an Apartment
If you were shot, assaulted, or raped at an apartment complex, you may be able to sue the complex’s owner or management firm for your injuries through a negligent security claim.
Apartment complexes and other property owners and managers have a legal obligation to make the premises safe for residents and their guests.
If the owner or management fails to do so, a tenant or guest who is shot or assaulted as a result has the right to launch a civil case against the owner or manager. A poorly maintained apartment complex with defective locks, insufficient illumination, damaged security gates or fences, no security guards, no video cameras, or other security flaws may be responsible for an apartment shooting. A negligent security attorney can help you determine if you have a claim and advise you on your alternatives.
Apartment Complexes That Aren’t Safe
Criminals that prey on victims in apartment buildings take advantage of inadequate or non-existent security.
In addition to shootings, frequent crimes committed in insecure apartment buildings include:
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Carjackings and Assaults
- Break-ins Through Forced Entry
- Vehicle Theft Vehicle Break-Ins
- Robbery Armed Robbery Murder
Criminals that prey on victims in apartment buildings take advantage of inadequate or non-existent security. A burned-out light bulb may convert a breezeway or stairway into an ideal chance for a burglar; dark parking lots and unfenced areas can let crooks enter and flee. Inadequate door and window locks might allow crooks to break into an apartment and leave little or no sign of how they got there. The lack of security officers and monitoring cameras empower criminals and remove the fear that they would be seen. If you’ve been assaulted at an apartment complex, you may have a negligent security claim.
Assault, robbery, and other crimes can leave victims with severe physical and mental traumas that can last a lifetime. While we seek justice via the criminal justice system, we must also seek financial justice through the civil court system. If you were hurt as a result of another person’s unlawful actions, you may be entitled to compensation from that individual as well as those persons who contributed to the unsafe environment.
Most apartment rapes are preventable if the owners will step up to the plate and spend the money it takes to provide a safe place for their tenants and guests. Some of the most common acts of negligence in apartment rapes can be blamed on:
- Lack of security gates
- Lack of adequate lighting in apartments
- Missing or malfunctioning window locks
- Not re-keying deadbolt locks for new tenants
- Negligent hiring or monitoring of sub-contractors with possible criminal records
- Master keys lost or not accounted for
- Failure to notify tenants (new and old) of ongoing criminal activity
- Failure to secure parking lots and garages from non guests
- Negligent hiring or screening of employees with apartment key access
- Failure to install digital car keys for exterior door access
- Negligent building design that allows easy access for criminals
- Failure to keep automatic security gates in working order
- Failure to erect security fences tall enough to prevent access over the fence
- Failure to erect security fences low enough to prevent access under the fence
If you or a loved one was raped, or sexually assaulted, in an apartment, please contact our law firm to discuss your legal options immediately.
Crime Victim Lawyer
Our negligent security attorney has helped many critically wounded clients nationwide who have been hurt by careless property owners. David P. Willis is board certified as a personal injury trial law specialist. We represent families in lawsuits across the United States. For almost 40 years, we’ve put in a lot of effort to get the best results for our clients, and we’ll do the same for you and your loved ones. Call us at 1-800-883-9858 to tell us your story.