A: Every case is unique and so it is important to be sure to have a lawyer evaluate a specific case. The following answer is for information only.
Depending on the state where the mugging occurred, the store might be liable for criminal activity on its premises. This is commonly called a “negligent security” liability case. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, stores such as malls, hotels, grocery stores, etc. can face liability when a customer is injured due to criminal activity. Read more about negligent security claims here.
The key is proving that the store knew or should have known about criminal activity and therefore should have taken steps to either warn of the activity or prevent it by taking reasonable precautions, such as better lighting, security cameras, etc.
- New Jersey Store & Business Liability for Crimes Committed Against Customers – What You Have to Prove
- Landlord Liability for Negligent Security at Apartment Complexes and Buildings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.
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