Injured at a hotel, office, or your own apartment? Learn about premises liability

Choosing a new apartment to make your home can raise serious safety concerns for you and your family. While it is impossible to provide all of the necessary safety measures in one list, the following Apartment Safety Checklist may be helpful to ensure you and your loved ones are safe in your new home. You may use the list to determine what safety features your complex does and does not have, and then raise any concerns to management. Keeping your family safe is of the utmost importance, and as safety advocates, we want to do everything we can to help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We Are Experienced In Negligent Security Cases

At Snyder & Wenner, P.C., we know that bad things happen to good people who happen to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. In a negligent security case, the victim is seriously injured or killed due to the negligent conduct of a business owner, bar owner, or apartment complex owner. Those who are in control of these establishments have a duty to protect you and your loved ones from violence and from the negligent conduct of others. An owner or landlord of an apartment complex is in a much better position than a tenant or guest to know of the criminal activity going on at the property. The owner or landlord will keep records of how many times the police have come to the complex, how many crimes were committed, and how many people were injured. As a tenant or guest, you may never know of these critical facts. Those in charge are also in a much better position to prevent criminal activity from happening before anyone gets hurt.

Victims of criminal activity have endured a tragic experience that affects them in many ways. Every case is different, and every victim has different needs. We take the time to learn about your experience and how your injuries, both physical and emotional, have impacted you.

Negligent security cases hold businesses and residential complexes responsible for heinous acts that could have been prevented with proper security or preventative measures. These preventable acts include:

If you or a loved one has been a victim any of these crimes (or others), contact us today. We will review and analyze the security policies of the establishment, and send an expert to the scene to conduct an investigation. The more time that passes between the incident and the expert investigation, the more likely key evidence will be destroyed.

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Victory in Landmark Negligent Security Case 

We often feel safe in our own homes and business offices, and at hotels. But did you know that most horrific crimes occur in these “safe” places? The lawyers at Snyder & Wenner, P.C., have been very successful in recovering substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of those who have been catastrophically injured or killed due to the negligent security of apartment complexes, hotels, office complexes, and bars.

For example, in the landmark case Cochrane v. Linda Manor, we represented the family of a 17-year old boy who was murdered in the parking lot of the apartment complex/motel where he and his mother lived. The murderer also lived there. Several days prior to the murder, a maid who was employed by the defendant found the murderer with a shot-gun in his room. He told her he had a fantasy about killing someone. She reported it to management who told her not to go into his room any longer. They did not evict him, and they did not warn the other tenants. Our investigation revealed that there had been numerous violent and non-violent crimes on the property over several years, and that the owners of the property took no action to increase security. The defendant apartment complex/motel refused to accept responsibility for their failure to protect their tenants. At trial, the jury awarded the boy’s mother $10 million in compensatory damages. The jury also awarded her $2.6 million in punitive damages, to punish the defendant for its egregious conduct, and to deter other apartment complexes/motels from acting similarly. The $12.6 million award was the largest personal injury verdict ever in the state of Nevada at the time.

The negligent security attorneys at Snyder & Wenner, P.C., have extensive experience representing the rights of victims of criminal activity. Our success has resulted in attorneys throughout the country asking us to help litigate and provide trial consulting for these cases.

While victims of criminal conduct are often simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, there are certain steps you can take to help protect yourself or your loved ones from being the next victims of negligent security:

  • Before moving into an apartment complex, ask the owner or landlord to provide you with the complex’s statistics on criminal conduct
  • Call your local police station to find out if your apartment complex is a hotbed for criminal activity
  • Make sure the parking lot of your apartment or business complex is well lit at all times
  • Check to see if there are security cameras on the premises, including in the parking lot, and if there are any areas that are NOT under video surveillance
  • Ask if there are patrolling security officers. If there are, ask how often they patrol and whether their patrol schedule is randomized to prevent criminals from learning the security guard’s schedule.
  • Double lock your doors at night, and if you live on the first floor, do not leave your windows open.

We care about protecting our community and holding people responsible for putting money over safety. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed at an apartment complex, hotel, motel, office complex, parking lot, or bar, please contact us today. Our experienced attorneys have successfully litigated negligent security cases in Arizona, Nevada, and throughout the country involving:

For more information, please contact us today for a free consultation.