Negligent Security | Airports
Airport Assault and Injury Lawyers for Georgians
When an airport does not have reasonable security in place, and a crime occurs, the victim can pursue compensation from the airport. Airport owners have a legal duty to ensure guests are reasonably protected from crime. When airports fail to use reasonable security measures, assault, battery, sexual assault, and other injuries can occur. The risk of crime and injurious accidents is always constant at airports. When airport owners fail to do so, they can be held liable for the victim’s resulting damages.
What is Negligent Airport Security?
Due to ongoing airport threats, airport security measures have been adopted and increased drastically. Even with these new regulations protecting travelers, oversights and security breaches continue to occur, putting innocent people at risk. Suppose you have been injured in an airport parking lot, airport terminal, or another area due to the airport’s negligent security. In that case, you may be able to hold the airport financially responsible for your injuries.
Do Negligent Security Claims Apply to Airports?
Yes, negligent security laws apply to public and privately owned property. In certain situations, victims of a crime that occurred on public property can pursue compensation from the government entity that owns the property. Generally, additional rules apply when bringing a claim against a government entity.
You may need to inform the government that you intend to pursue a claim within 90 days of the incident that led to your injury. If a crime at an airport has caused you injuries, it is important that you reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible, so you do not miss your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Examples of Airport Security Breaches That Cause Injuries
Breaches in security procedures, negligent hiring, negligent maintenance, and failure to adhere to safety procedures can result in the following security breaches:
- Lack of security guards
- Non-functioning or non-existent security cameras
- Failure to run adequate background checks on security guards and other airport employees
- Security guards who did not receive adequate training
- Too few security guards working at the airport
- Failure to monitor surveillance cameras and security systems
- Lack of alarm systems or faulty alarms
- Failure to adequately monitor surveillance cameras and security systems
- Broken or missing locks on secured areas
- Improperly secured exists, and entrances
- Failure to comply with safety regulations for airport security
- Failure to remove violent or intoxicated passengers
- Failure to respond quickly to a victim before, during, or after a crime occurs
- Failure to check the identification of employees
- Allowing an unauthorized person to enter a restricted area
Proving Negligent Airport Security Claims
A negligent security claim can arise when a business owner fails to have reasonable security on their premises, and that lack of security results in a crime. Airport owners have a legal duty to protect guests and customers from crimes. When a crime, such as a robbery or assault, occurs because of a lack of reasonable security, victims may be able to bring a lawsuit against the property owner for damages or injuries. There are three main elements victims of negligent security need to prove:
- The property owner failed to install, provide, or maintain adequate security
- You suffered physical injuries or financial damages due to the crime committed at the airport
- The damages you suffered are directly related to the airport’s lack of security. In other words, you will need to prove that the crime would not have occurred if the airport security was not lacking
Types of Injuries Associated with Negligent Security Incidents in Airports
When violent crimes occur in airports or the surrounding areas due to negligent security, the injuries victims suffer can be devastating. Injuries can leave victims emotionally traumatized or permanently disabled, forcing them to incur significant economic costs. Victims of negligent security incidents face seemingly insurmountable expenses, such as medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, and lost wages due to disability. Pursuing a negligent security lawsuit allows victims to recover all expenses associated with negligent airport security. Some of the injuries that victims may suffer include the following:
- Bone fractures
- Head trauma and brain damage
- Stab wounds
- Gunshot wounds
- Internal injuries
- Lacerations and punctures
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Sexually transmitted diseases
The injuries suffered by victims of crimes are not all physical. Many victims suffer lifelong psychological effects from being the victim of a serious crime, such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Panic attacks
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Fear of leaving the house
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Wrongful death
Attorney James Rice has the resources and experience necessary to determine all of your damages accurately. He will work with financial and medical experts to account for all of your current and future medical expenses before he begins aggressively negotiating for the compensation you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Negligent Security Claim to a Georgia Airport?
All personal injury claims, including negligent security claims, have a statute of limitations. It is important that you discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Gathering evidence takes time, and your attorney will need to interview witnesses, obtain police reports, and obtain any photographic or video evidence. After receiving medical treatment, we recommend reaching out to an attorney.
Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Airport Liability Attorney
Airports have a legal duty to provide employees and customers with adequate security. They must protect the public who are on the premises of the airport. If you or your loved one has been injured due to negligent security, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible.
James Rice will work diligently to pursue total and fair compensation for your injuries and damages. He will ensure that the airport takes adequate safety measures to protect others. You have limited time to file a claim for negligent security, so the sooner you reach out to an attorney, the better. Contact James Rice today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.
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