Improper Security at an Apartment or Condominium Complex Often Leads to Liability for the Owners and Operators and Large Payments to Crime Victims
When a condominium or apartment complex falls into disrepair, lacking improper security measures such as door locks, light fixtures, and a security system, a likely scenario can be presented for a criminal assault and/or killing. This event often gives rise to civil monetary damages if a lawsuit is filed by a victim or estate of a victim.
In Pennsylvania, as well as many other states, the law recognizes that the safety and privacy of condominium and apartment dwellers should be the top priority for all owners and operators. However as experience reveals, many times this is simply not the case. Unfortunately, throughout my 30 year career of practicing premise liability and inadequate security law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as co-counseling on other cases throughout the United States, we have investigated and litigated claims with tragic consequences that were easily avoidable.
Recently a case was resolved in Florida when a condominium owner who was walking to his car one day, was shot and killed, leaving two sons behind. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the victim’s estate alleging inadequate security and also claiming that the property owner had hired an incompetent property manager with a criminal background who was unqualified to perform his duties.
In another case handled by our office, a young woman walking to her car at an apartment complex was sexually assaulted by a third party in a poorly lit parking lot area, and we were successful in recovering a substantial monetary result. Today more than ever technology is an important part of meeting security requirements, and inadequate security at a hotel, motel, condominium, or apartment house can result in the property owner’s liability to the crime victim for negligence.
For over 30 years, the experienced inadequate security and premise liability lawyers of Reiff and Bily have worked carefully with law enforcement officials and skilled investigators to analyze the circumstances of a personal injury resulting from inadequate security. We have examined past instances of victim abuse at the location and surrounding areas that should have put the property owner on actual and constructive notice that the facility was potentially dangerous to customers, visitors, or inhabitants. The inadequate security and hotel and apartment attack lawyers of Reiff and Bily are committed to protecting the rights of injured victims and consumers since 1979 and always offer a free, no obligation consultation. Contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.