YOU’VE BEEN MUGGED IN A STORE – WHAT NOW?
New York is a busy city, and as with any big city, it is rife with petty and violent crimes. You have probably read many articles and have heard countless words of advice on how to avoid a mugging or how to act if you are unfortunate enough to be mugged.
However, these scenarios usually assume that you are on the street when you’re being mugged. What if you were in a store? You should be safe from being mugged in a store, right?
Property owners are liable for the safety of their property
According to the premises liability laws, property owners have to practice reasonable care to ensure that their property is a safe environment for their visitors. In most cases, people only think about making sure that there are no tripping hazards or dangerous areas on the property. We seldom think about dangerous elements such as muggers entering the property as a potential risk. It is still the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that safety measures are in place to protect visitors and that includes security measures.
Filing a lawsuit for negligence
If you have been mugged in a store and the store did not have adequate security features such as security cameras, security guards or proper lighting, you may have a premises liability case. By not ensuring that the necessary security features are in place, the property owner is negligent regarding providing a safe environment for visitors. Premises liability laws state that if you got injured or suffered damages due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a case to claim compensation for any injuries or damages suffered.
Talk to a lawyer
If you’ve been a victim of a violent crime on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, talk to an experienced lawyer about your case. Call Linden Law at 212-809-8440 for a free consultation.