Property owners may be liable for the criminal acts of third parties if they failed to provide adequate security to protect invitees or licensees from foreseeable harm.
The Independence, Missouri, law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., has represented victims of business property crime across the state and helps these individuals hold negligent property owners accountable for failing to provide adequate security.
Limited Duty to Provide Security
The general rule is that businesses do not have an obligation to protect customers from the criminal acts of unknown third parties. There are two main exceptions to this rule of nonliability.
The first exception is when a business fails to remove a person who is either known to be violent or engaging in threatening conduct. An example of this is a bar that fails to remove a person who is engaged in or threatening to engage in a fight.
Another exception is the existence of special circumstances where there is a foreseeable likelihood that particular acts or omissions will cause harm or injury. An example of this is a mall in a high-crime area that fails to provide adequate security despite reports of customer muggings.
Kansas City Premises Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured or suffered damages due to criminal actions on business property, contact our firm online or call us at 888-353-0491.
The initial consultation at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., is free and one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will explain the litigation process, detail your options and determine whether your case would entitle you to compensation from a property owner.
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• Trespassers and Premises Liability FAQ
• Keeping the Premises Safe
• Toxic Substances on the Property
• Criminal Acts by Third Parties
• Liability of Tenants & Landlords
• Liabilities of Contractors and Construction Companies