Negligent Workplace Security Can Give Rise To A Civil Claim
The criminal justice system deals with criminals who commit a crime such as a shooting, robbery, theft, assault, or homicide. In such criminal acts, individuals who work at establishments are victimized, and suffer serious injuries or even death. The state will prosecute the criminal, however you will not receive any monetary compensation from that action. You may recover against responsible parties in civil court. We regularly assist our clients in identifying parties who played a role in the injuries sustained. In most instances, our in depth investigations determine that premises did not provide adequate security for its workforce. This is not easy, and as such it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
Independent Contractors Can Sue For Negligent Workplace Security
In most civil cases perpetrators are not the only party liable for the compensation of injured parties. Employers are responsible for compensating workers who have been injured on the job, under workers’ compensation. However, employers are not responsible for covering injuries of workers who are independent contractors, or any non-employees. If a third party contributes to an injury due to negligent security, even an independent worker has a case against an employer.
Deficient Building/Property Security Can Lead To On The Job Claims
The owner or manager of a property is solely responsible for the condition of a property and the security of residents, visitors, and business patrons. You may have suffered injury or death on a property from one of the following many conditions:
- Broken windows or doors
- Unlocked stairwells and elevators
- Unsecured vacant floors or offices
- Failure to adjust to recent and local criminal or unauthorized conduct
- Ignoring patron’s complaints of potential intruders
- Poor security/lighting in parking facilities, lots, and ramps
Dangerous Circumstances at the Workplace
According to OSHA, health and safety measures must be taken by a business to protect their workers. The sole purpose of workers’ compensation insurance is to protect an employer and cover expenses associated with the injury or death of an employee on the job. For employees who have been injured, workers’ compensation may be the only form of compensation they receive. However, our experienced negligent workplace security attorneys will investigate the activities of other third parties at the workplace to ascertain whether third party negligence was involved and assess whether remedies may be available fro such parties. We regularly uncover negligence on the part of independent contractors, delivery services, maintenance companies, sub-contractors etc…
Compensation From Third Parties
Injured parties may be eligible to receive compensation from social security providers, commercial landlords, and other responsible third parties in addition to attaining workers’ compensation for negligent security. However, in some cases, the injured party may have a claim greater than the pay out of workers’ compensation and other payouts.
To discuss your legal options in negligent security or workplace premises liability, contact one of our experienced attorneys today. We have successfully brought cases in Philadelphia, PA, and Camden New Jersey in recent months.