Can You Sue if You Were Assaulted on Private Property?

Can You Sue if You Were Assaulted on Private Property?

If you were assaulted on private property, you might have a valid premises liability claim and can sue the property owner or manager to receive compensation for medical costs associated with your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Property owners and managers are legally obligated to ensure the property is safe and properly maintained, which includes providing adequate security.Beth Klein Boulder

Inadequate Security

Premises liability goes beyond cases involving issues like poorly maintained grounds. Property owners have a legal obligation to deter criminals from committing crimes against those on the property. This includes providing adequate security, lighting, supervision, and hiring properly trained employees. While private property can be either residential or commercial, business owners are usually held to a higher standard when it comes to the duty of care. Examples of establishments that have this obligation are:

  • Apartment complexes
  • Hotels
  • Amusement parks
  • Shopping centers
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Gas stations
  • Public parks and beaches
  • Healthcare facilities

When these establishments do not have sufficient security, it leaves those on the premises vulnerable to crime. While criminal law can punish the perpetrator, it will not provide for the losses an individual suffered, which is why it is important to hold the property owner or manager responsible as well in civil court. A failure to provide adequate security makes an establishment a prime target to criminals and you have a right to address this failure in court.

Holding Negligent Property Owners Responsible in Colorado

If you believe you have a premises liability case, it is important to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible. At Klein Frank, P.C., our team has over 60 years of combined experience, which we will put to use for you. Negligent property owners should be held accountable when their carelessness leads to the injury of others.

Contact us today at (303) 622-3876 for a free initial consultation!