Shopping center owners and employees are responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment. This applies not only to the interior of the shopping center but also to the parking lot and other on-premise locations that may be frequented by customers. You should expect that, if you set foot in the shopping center's parking lot, you will remain just as safe as you were while browsing stores inside. Unfortunately, however, this is often not the case.
Suing the Shopping Center's Owner
Far too many shoppers suffer horrific assaults and other crimes while simply entering or exiting business premises. These incidents can cause not only extensive physical suffering but also severe mental scars.
Justice may ultimately be delivered to the person responsible for the assault, but what about those responsible for keeping the parking lot safe? With proper security protocol, such incidents could be avoided altogether. Depending on the situation and the surrounding circumstances, it may be possible to hold negligent parties accountable.
Upholding Standards of Care
Your chances of success in an assault-related lawsuit are far greater if you can demonstrate that the shopping center's owner failed to take the steps necessary to secure the premises based on basic standards of care. For example, a shopping center owner in an area known for high crime rates would be expected to take extra precautions. The failure to do so could be regarded as a demonstration of negligence, and therefore, cause to initiate a personal injury lawsuit. Likewise, a clear display of negligence will exist if the shopping center in question has a history of parking lot assaults — and if responsible parties have made no efforts to amp up security.
As a victim of assault, you deserve compassionate support from an attorney who cares. We will advocate on your behalf to ensure your best interests are upheld. Reach out today to get started with a confidential consultation. Visit us at McKinney, TX location.