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Lax Security and Premises Liability

Lax Security and Premises Liability

When property owners do not maintain sufficient security standards, tenants, guests, and those hired to work on the property may be harmed as a result. Get the facts on lax security and premises liability so you know how to protect your rights.


New York property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are in a safe condition for tenants, visitors, and those hired to work on the property. This includes implementing sufficient safety standards to keep tenants and visitors safe at all times.

Examples of adequate security measures include the following:

  • Lights
  • Locks
  • Security gates
  • Video surveillance
  • Security personnel

When property owners do not uphold sufficient security standards on their premises, it can have disastrous consequences. Negligent security can lead to sexual assault, mugging, attacks, and other violent events that leave victims catastrophically injured.

If you have been injured on property owned by someone else as a result of lax security, you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner. In order to file a valid premises liability claim, you will need to prove that you were on the property legally at the time of your injury and that the property owner’s breach of duty was a direct cause of your injury.

An experienced premises liability attorney can guide you through this complicated legal process and help you recover the compensation you need for unexpected medical expenses and lost wages. At Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz & Schatz, LLP, our New York City premises liability attorneys can review the circumstances surrounding your attack and injuries to determine who is to blame.

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