Tucson Lawyer: Negligent Workplace Security
In the event of a shooting, a robbery, a theft, an assault, a rape or a homicide at a workplace, it is the state's job to punish the guilty party through the criminal justice system. But who should provide civil justice and recovery for injured workers or workers who die on the job as victims of a crime? Learn about civil remedies that you may have as victims and survivors of criminal actions.
At the Law Office of Elliot Glicksman, we know that sometimes not only the perpetrator of a crime is liable for damages. If an employer is responsible, the injury is generally covered by workers' compensation, unless the injured person was an independent contractor and not an employee. But if another party contributed to the cause of your injury due to negligent security on the job, we can help you pursue legal action.
Deficient Building Security Can Contribute to a Crime on the Job
It is the responsibility of the owner or manager of a property to maintain a reasonable degree of security for residents, visitors, and business patrons. Failure to maintain security can take many forms. You may have been injured on the job because of factors such as the following:
- Broken windows or doors
- Unlocked stairwells and elevators
- Unsecured vacant floors or offices
- Failure to address recent criminal or unauthorized conduct on the premises or in the surrounding area
- Ignoring tenant complaints of threatening and aggressive intruders
- Inadequate security or poor lighting in parking facilities, lots, ramps, and other exterior areas
- Lack of drop safes, silent alarms, or bullet-resistant enclosures to protect employees
When Dangerous Circumstances Exist at the Workplace
Businesses are responsible for taking reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of their workers. They maintain insurance precisely to account for the possibility of an incident resulting in injury or death. When an employee is injured at a dangerous workplace, workers' compensation may be the only legal remedy.
However, it is often the case that someone else besides the employers bears some responsibility for negligent workplace security as well. Delivery services, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers and maintenance service companies may be held responsible as well. An astute plaintiff's lawyer will investigate any and all sources of liability that may provide paths to relief for victims and their families.
You may be eligible to receive compensation from security service providers, commercial landlords and other third parties in addition to workers' compensation from your employer if negligent security was a contributing factor in a crime injury on the job.
Compensation from Third Parties
Although your employer's workers' compensation insurer may be entitled to reclaim some of what you recover from third parties, you may have a claim that is worth much more.
Business owners know that in cases of negligent security or other dangerous property conditions, liability can be assigned to them. To discuss options and the likely outcomes of a lawsuit based on negligent retail security or other workplace premises liability that has brought injury to your life or death in your family, contact us today. ¿Habla español? Bienvenido. Are you a deaf person who uses American Sign Language? Mr. Glicksman will do his best to accommodate your communication needs.