Negligent Security – Do you have a Case?
Today I want to talk to you about Maryland negligent security claims that an injured victim can bring against a gas station or convenience store in the state of Maryland. If somebody is lawfully at a gas station or a convenience store and a crime occurs, maybe a shooting, stabbing, or assault, and that person suffered injuries while they're lawfully at the convenience store or gas station, that injured victim may be able to bring a negligent security, personal injury claim against the gas station or convenience store. What are some things that the injured victim must show in order to bring such a claim? Number one, the injured victim needs to prove that the person was lawfully at the gas station or convenience store when the crime occurred, resulting in their injuries. This is usually pretty easy. Number two, the injured victim needs to show the crime that occurred at the convenience store gas station resulting in the person's injuries was foreseeable. What does foreseeable mean? It means that the type of crime that occurred has happened at that gas station or convenience before, and the gas station or convenience store owner have notice of those previous crimes. And number three, the injured victim needs to show that IF the gas station owner or convenience store owner took reasonable security measures, perhaps hiring a security guard, perhaps hiring an armed security guard, perhaps adding more video cameras, perhaps monitoring those video cameras that are already at the convenience store or gas station. If the injured victim can show that any one of these things could have potentially prevented that crime from happening, the person can successfully bring a negligent security claim against the gas station owner or commercial property, specifically the convenience. My name is John Leppler I'm a personal injury lawyer in Towson. I handle these types of claims all the time. If you have any questions, feel free to call me and I'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you.