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Recovering Compensation for Personal Injury Caused by Inadequate Security

In North Carolina, business and land owners can be held responsible for criminal conduct that occurs on their property if they negligently fail to make the property secure.  A person injured by such criminal conduct is entitled to full personal injury damages from the business or land owner under North Carolina’s “premises liability law.”  The ability to recover directly from the land or business owner is an important right, because most criminals do not have the assets to compensate the injury victim.  If you have been injured because of a business or land owner’s negligence in failing to provide adequate security, the civil litigation attorneys of Maginnis Law, PLLC can help you recover the fair compensation to which you are entitled.

The average inadequate security claim involves a property where there is a history of crime problems.  These past crimes may be at the property itself or merely the surrounding area.  An example would be a hotel which has had numerous break-ins.  If the business owner, knowing of the previous break-ins, fails to take reasonable steps to make the visitors safe, and a visitor is injured in a break-in, he or she may sue the hotel’s owner for damages.  Another common example is the person attacked at a down-town parking deck.  Because of poor lighting, a parking deck can be a haven for criminal activity.  If you are attacked at a parking deck and injured as a result, you may very well have a claim for inadequate security.

If you can successfully establish the negligence of the business or land owner, you will be entitled to compensation for, among other things, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  You will also be entitled to punitive damages if you can prove the business or land owner was “willful or wanton” in failing to provide adequate security.  In North Carolina, the jury may award punitive damages of up to three times the Plaintiff’s actual damages or $250,000.00, whichever is greater.

The Wake County lawyers of Maginnis Law, PLLC offer free consultations for all personal injury cases, including premises liability inadequate security claims.  Our attorneys handle such cases on a contingency basis so that you pay no attorneys’ fees unless you recover for your injuries.  Maginnis Law, PLLC handles inadequate security liability claims from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Morrisville, Clayton, and Wake Forest.

You may contact Maginnis Law, PLLC at 919.480.8526 to speak with a personal injury lawyer or visit the firm’s website at You can submit a new case inquiry by visiting our contact page here.