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Negligent Security Law Library

 

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Negligent Security (Crimes & Assaults) Law Library

Negligent security cases encompass a wide variety of cases involving criminal activity in both public places like malls, clubs and bars, and private places like apartment buildings. These cases involve the negligence of a party which leads to criminal activity. For instance, a landlord may fail to fix locks on an apartment building door, and as a result, a tenant is hurt in a robbery. Similarly, a bar may fail to provide enough security to deal with large crowds of drunk patrons, thus resulting in a stomping injury to another patron. These are classic types of negligent security cases.

The following articles, frequently asked questions, and blogposts are for information only. If you were the victim of crime and would like to know if you have a negligent security case, it is vital to contact an experienced, knowledgeable accident lawyer. Please call the firm for a free consultation. 800.220.7600


Negligent Security (Crimes & Assaults) Law Articles

  • Pennsylvania Court Overturns Punitive Damages Award of $38 Million in Philadelphia Shooting Lawsuit (July 21, 2017) July 2017 Pennsylvania Shooting Lawsuits Update: Superior Court overturns $38 million punitive damages verdict, but otherwise upholds $8 million verdict against shooter and security company. The case involved one of the worst workplace shootings in Philadelphia history.
  • Crime Victim Injury Lawsuits in Philadelphia (April 6, 2017) Legal info about Philadelphia crime victim injury cases. Businesses can be held liable if there is enough evidence that the business owed a duty of care to the victim and should have known about the crime before it happened.
  • Victims’ Rights to Financial Compensation in a Civil Lawsuit for Crime in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (March 22, 2017) Learn about civil lawsuits for shootings or assaults in Pennsylvania and New Jersey: who are the liable parties? Businesses, hospitals and other entities may be held liable, which may provide victims with financial compensation.
  • Shootings & Assaults – Victims’ Rights to Restitution in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (March 22, 2017) Get legal info about a victim’s right to receive restitution after a shooting or assault in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The statutes are discussed, as well as info about the claims.
  • New Jersey Crime Victim Injury Rights Update: Mall Assault Shooting Lawsuit (January 17, 2017) An update on New Jersey law regarding mall liability for crimes that occur on the property. A recent fatal incident has resulted in protracted litigation among the insurance companies over the insurance policies. N
  • Were You Injured Due to Crime at a Parking Garage in Philadelphia? What to Know about Suing the Garage Owner (June 15, 2015) Parking garage crimes, such as robberies and assaults, are pretty common in the City of Philadelphia for two reasons. First, Philadelphia has one of the worst crime rates in the country. Second, parking garages are shifting to automation. Self-pay kiosks, which are now used in the majority of parking garages, often lead to a decrease ...
  • Pennsylvania Parking Garage Security Law – Who’s Responsible for Criminal Conduct? (June 4, 2015) Parking garages and parking lots are hotspots for criminal activity especially in high crime cities like Philadelphia. Customers may suffer injuries due to crimes like robberies, assaults, and sexual assaults. The problem is that parking garages and parking lots create the perfect storm for criminal activity. Customers with cash or credit cards who are alone in ...
  • Pennsylvania Mall Employees Injured Due to Criminal Activity – What is the Law? (October 15, 2014) Pennsylvania Mall Employees Injured Due to Criminal Activity A Discussion of the Young Case (PA Superior Court, Sept. 2014) It is well-established in Pennsylvania that a business can be held liable to a shopper/customer for criminal activity which occurs on the premises, including a parking lot or garage. See Moran v. Valley Forge Drive–In Theatre, Inc., (Pennsylvania ...
  • Pennsylvania Injury Lawsuits – Criminal Assaults & Shootings in Public Places (Malls, Shopping Centers & Stores) (October 15, 2014) Liability for Assaults & Shootings in Public Places (Malls, Shopping Centers & Stores) Imagine this scenario: a shopper at a mall is walking to the parking lot and is violently robbed. The individual suffers a serious injury and is disabled for the rest of her life. The person who perpetrated the crime had been targeting shoppers ...
  • Assault & Shooting Lawsuits in PA or NJ – Claims for Financial Compensation (October 1, 2014) Under the tort (accident/injury) laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, victims of assaults and shootings are entitled to make claims for financial compensation against at-fault parties. The types of financial compensation claims which may be made in an assault/shooting civil case depends on a key fact, i.e., whether the victim survived. Related: Shopping Mall Liability for ...
  • Shootings and Assaults – Civil Lawsuits in Pennsylvania (September 9, 2014) Shooting and assault cases are very common in Pennsylvania, especially in large cities like Philadelphia. Victims of shootings and assaults who survive the injuries are often left with permanent injuries, and in many cases, permanent disabilities. For example, after school, two young kids in a Philadelphia neighborhood play together, and one of them plays with ...
  • Negligent Security Lawsuits in Pennsylvania – Punitive Damages (August 7, 2014) Punitive damages claims are available to parties injured due to the negligence of others. In addition, injured parties may make claims for all economic and non-economic damages. Under Pennsylvania accident and injury law, individuals who are injured due to the negligence of others may be entitled to make claims for what is known as punitive damages. In ...
  • College Sexual Assaults – The Problem of Student-Student Sexual Violence (June 4, 2014) Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for violating federal law in the handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints by students. The law at issue, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination based on sex in education and education related ...
  • Civil Lawsuits for College Crime (Assault, Sexual Assault, Alcohol Accidents) Part 1 (June 2, 2014) Criminal activity can occur both on and off college campus. Physical assaults, sexual assaults and alcohol related accidents are naturally more common than crimes such as murders. The problem is that students often assume they are safe on campus and while at college related events and functions. However, many schools are located in large cities, ...
  • Civil Lawsuits for College Crime (Assault, Sexual Assault, Alcohol Accidents) Part 2 (June 2, 2014) The Basis of Liability in College Crime Lawsuits In civil lawsuits based on college criminal activity, the immediate perpetrator (direct actor) can be held liable. However, the perpetrator is not the only party potentially liable in a civil case. Indirect actors, i.e., another individual or entity, which acted negligently can be held liable. In order to succeed ...
  • Civil Sex Abuse & Assault Lawsuits in Pennsylvania – Justice Beyond the Criminal Courts (May 20, 2014) Victims of sex abuse and sex assault are often surprised to learn that they have legal recourse, beyond the criminal courts and beyond simply going after the individual(s) who committed the act. Related: Civil Sex Abuse & Assault Lawsuits in Pennsylvania – Who are the Parties? Justice for Victims of Sex Abuse – Beyond the Criminal Courts Under ...
  • Alcohol Accident & Injury Lawsuits in PA & NJ (March 18, 2014) Negligence Claims Against Bars, Restaurants & Clubs Accidents and incidents involving alcohol are very common and often result in death and serious injuries. The three most common types of alcohol related incidents include: DUI (driving under the influence), assaults/accidents which occur inside a bar, restaurant or club, and assaults/accidents which occur outside or off the premises of a bar, ...
  • Mall Shootings, A Look at Recent Cases & Liability in Mall Shooting Cases (March 13, 2014) Criminal activity is always a major risk, especially near shopping malls and plazas. Robberies, sexual assaults and shootings are actually very common. These types of crimes are so senseless and incredibly traumatic for the victims and their families, and unfortunately, there have been several recent mall shooting cases. NJ Man Killed in Mall Carjacking (Dec. 2013) Late ...
  • Shopping Mall Liability for Criminal Conduct, Shootings & Assaults (March 13, 2014) Shopping malls across the country have been the subject of media attention over the last several months, due to some high profile assaults and shootings. Late last year, a NJ man was killed as a result of a carjacking over the holidays. The perpetrators shot him in the head and stole his car. He died ...
  • Philadelphia Bar & Nightclub Liability for Fights & Shootings (November 18, 2013) Philadelphia Bar Goer Dies after Club Fight Ends in Shooting South Street in Philadelphia has long been known for its food, fun and night life. However, it is now becoming known for shootings and fights. Over the weekend, a young Philadelphia man was killed after a bar fight ended in a shooting. According to myfoxphilly.com, a fight ...
  • Bar/Restaurant Fights – Is a Bar Liable for Fights Outside of the Property? (July 15, 2013) Generally in Pennsylvania, stores such as grocery stores, shopping malls, retail stores, etc., do not have duties with respect to persons outside of the premises, or bystanders. However, in some cases, stores and businesses can be held liable when negligence increases the risk of harm to bystanders. This type of liability is common in lawsuits ...
  • Pennsylvania Bar/Restaurant Negligence Update – Liability for Fights Outside of the Premises (July 15, 2013) Bar/Restaurant Liability for Fights in Pennsylvania Under Pennsylvania law, bars, restaurants and clubs can be held liable for fights which occur on the premises. Common theories of liability in such instances usually include negligence in serving alcohol, failure to have appropriate security, failure to hire/train security, etc. However, generally speaking, bars and restaurants are not liable for ...
  • Assaults at Hotels, Malls and Stores in Pennsylvania – Can You Recover for Your Injuries? (January 29, 2013) Usually, there are two claims involved in injury liability cases against hotels, malls and stores: negligent security due to crime and negligent maintenance leading to a fall down accident. To learn more about business liability for fall down accidents in Pennsylvania, click here. In addition, another less common claim involves a situation where an employee ...
  • Landlord Liability for Negligent Security at Apartment Complexes and Buildings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (November 5, 2012) Sexual assaults occur every day in this country. Women, men, and children of all ages and races are victims of sexual abuse or assault. In some cases, a perpetrator may gain entry into a residence due to a faulty door lock or window lock, and in which case, the landlord could be held liable. However, ...
  • Pennsylvania Landlord Liability for Injury from Criminal Activity (July 12, 2012) Pennsylvania Law – Landlord Liability for Criminal Activity Under Pennsylvania law, a landlord who fails to provide reasonable security measures may be held liable for criminal activity on the premises. For example, due to a faulty lock system, a criminal perpetrator gains access to a common area and physically attacks an unsuspecting tenant. The tenant sustains ...
  • New Jersey Store & Business Liability for Crimes Committed Against Customers – What You Have to Prove (April 26, 2012) Under New Jersey law, businesses have a duty to make their premises reasonably safe for their customers and that includes taking reasonable steps to protect customers from foreseeable criminal activity. This principle applies to all New Jersey businesses such as: shopping malls, retail stores, parking lots, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, banks, gas stations, and business offices. In the majority of cases involving negligent security and ...

Negligent Security (Crimes & Assaults) Law FAQs

  • I was attacked and assaulted at a bar in New Jersey by another customer. Can I sue the bar for my injuries? (July 24, 2017) Bar fights can lead to major injuries. If a bar or club in New Jersey fails to provide reasonable security or serves alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated, it may be liable for a victim’s physical injuries.
  • My son was accidentally shot by a friend in Philadelphia. What are his legal rights? (September 18, 2014) Answer: Under Pennsylvania law, victims in Philadelphia shooting cases are entitled to pursue legal action in both the criminal and civil courts. This is something that no one sits down and ever explains to a shooting victim and their family. In addition, these two cases are totally independent of each other. In general, the outcome ...
  • I was assaulted by a drunk man. Can I file a civil lawsuit against him? (August 28, 2013) People who commit assaults can be held criminally and civilly liable. The same goes for those who get drunk and get into fights or otherwise harm innocent people. Under both Pennsylvania and New Jersey law of tort liability, those who cause injury to others can be forced to answer in a court of law and ultimately ...
  • I was attacked by a drunk outside a bar. Is the bar liable? (July 15, 2013) The answer depends on the facts. In order for a bar or restaurant to be held liable for a fight which occurs outside the premises, there must be some negligence on the part of the bar. The key is proving that the bar should have reasonably anticipated the fight. Factors which weigh in favor of ...
  • I was mugged in a store parking lot. Do I have a case against the store? (March 9, 2013) 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. ...
  • I was assaulted at my apartment in Philadelphia. Do I have a case against my landlord? (July 12, 2012) This scenario is a very common one, especially in a high crime city like Philadelphia. Time and time again, we see tenants injured due to criminal conduct such as assault, robbery, etc., and oftentimes, landlords can be held liable. Under Pennsylvania law, landlords who fail to provide reasonable security measures in the face of known or ...
  • In PA or NJ can a landlord be sued when a crime occurs on a rental property? (June 9, 2012) A: In some cases, a landlord may be sued for a crime which occurs on property. Each case is unique and so it is important to speak to a qualified lawyer who has experience in these kinds of “negligent security” cases. In Pennsylvania or New Jersey, residential and commercial landlords which fail to provide reasonable security ...

Negligent Security (Crimes & Assaults) Law Blogposts

  • Sexual Assaults in Apartment Complexes – Beware of Sex Offenders (January 19, 2013) Sex Offender Registration – Check with Local Authorities to Find Registered Sex Offenders Near You People who are convicted of certain sex related crimes are required to register with local authorities as sex offenders. States vary in terms of the length and extent of registration requirements. These registrations are public records, and many registrations can be ...
  • Man Convicted of Rape & Murder Next to Philadelphia Apartment Building (June 9, 2012) Last month, a young Philadelphia man was convicted of the brutal rape and murder of a young woman who lived in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. The man snatched the victim from her bike as she rode home from a night out with friends. She struggled, but was beaten, raped and eventually strangled with her own bra ...

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