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Inadequate Security Leading to Assault, Rape or Murder

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All too often innocent people are brutally attacked, raped or murdered in their own apartments, offices and homes. These attacks leave victims and their families with extreme physical and emotional injuries which are often permanent. Although the perpetrator of the attack is responsible, under New York law, the owner of the premises.


Landlords have an obligation to provide security precautions to protect the people who are in the landlord’s premises. When someone is harmed by an intruder who gained access to the building as a result of broken door locks, broken window locks, or the failure of other security devices, the landlord may be responsible.

In order for a victim to successfully bring a lawsuit against the landlord for negligent security, not only does the victim have to demonstrate that the landlord was negligent in securing the building, but they must also prove that the landlord’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the attack. For instance, simply because a victim of an apartment building attack can demonstrate that the building door locks were broken, it does not necessarily mean that the landlord is responsible. A victim must also demonstrate that it was more likely than not that the attacker gained access to the premises through a door with a broken lock. As a result of the proof required to prove a negligent security case, the New York negligent security attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf perform a thorough independent investigation in each case to ensure that all possible evidence is obtained.


In addition to landlords and the perpetrator, it is possible that other parties may be responsible for an attack. Many landlords contract with security companies or management companies to provide security at their buildings. The liability of these parties depends upon a variety of factors including whether they failed to secure the building or whether they violated a contractual duty. The premises liability and negligent security lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have an abundance of experience in the various contractual terms and laws that deem security and management contractors responsible for an attack.

Inadequate security law is a very complex area of law that is constantly evolving. It is important to hire attorneys that have experience in this area of law. The inadequate security lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have been representing victims in negligent security cases for over 100 years. The firm has had significant success in this area of law, including a $4,000,000 verdict for a woman who suffered injuries and whose husband was killed as a result of negligent security. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or died as a result of inadequate security, please contact our firm to discuss your case.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matters.

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