Duty of Care

How Can a Crime Result in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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When you are the victim of a crime, you generally want to hold whoever is responsible for that crime accountable. While this obviously means bringing the perpetrator of the crime to justice, it may also mean holding those persons or entities responsible whose negligence contributed to or directly caused the crime to occur. In some instances, it may be possible to hold property owners and their agents accountable for their failures, which hopefully leads to measures that prevent this criminal activity from occurring in the future.

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What does a Property Owners “Duty of Care” Mean for Personal Injury Victims?

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All property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is safe. This means that property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain safe and secure property conditions at all times. This includes insuring that the building has no structural defects that could cause an accident, both inside and out.  Property owners who do not properly maintain their locations may be subject to personal injury lawsuits if someone is injured in a preventable accident.  Oftentimes these accidents are the result of negligent maintenance of a building or property.

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