Landlord Liability in Housing Complex Assault Cases
Many people elect to live in gated communities for the benefits of increased security. Though you pay more to live in a gated community and depend on your landlord to implement and maintain adequate safety measures, a violent criminal may still find their way into your home and do significant damage. If an intruder is able to bypass the security system in place and you are assaulted or experience other harm as a result, your landlord may be liable.
In recent years, courts have demonstrated willingness to hold landlords liable for harm done to tenants by intruders. However, landlord liability is not automatic and must be proven on the following grounds:
- Negligence: Your landlord owes you a duty of care and is required by law to take certain measures to protect you from harm while you are on their property. If your landlord knew about broken locks, faulty alarm systems, gaps in protective walls or fences, or other compromised security barriers and failed to repair them within a reasonable amount of time or at all, you may have a successful case for negligence.
- Proximate Cause: If you are assaulted as a result of your landlord’s failure to secure the premises or solve security problems such as those listed above, you may be able to prove that your landlord’s negligence contributed to the physical harm done to you. If you are able to prove proximate cause, you will likely be able to sue your landlord for compensation.
Experienced Premises Liability Lawyers in Oklahoma City
Regardless of whether or not you are certain of your landlord’s liability in your assault case, it is in your best interest to connect with a premises liability attorney right away. Our team at the Law Offices of Dan Davis is ready to defend you and do everything in our power to get you everything you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Call (405) 531-9983 or send us your information to receive a free consultation today.