Criminal Negligence

Criminal Negligence Attorneys

Property owners are responsible for providing a reasonably safe environment for guests. Employers have a duty to competently train and supervise employees. If you are a victim of a crime in a setting such as a parking lot, a business or your place of employment, you may be entitled to compensation through the civil justice system. Criminal negligence is the term lawyers use to describe civil liability arising out of a criminal act. You may also be entitled to insurance proceeds.

Our attorneys have successfully represented crime victims and their families in cases of serious assaults, shooting deaths, reckless and drunk driving, robberies and theft of prescription medications. We handle such cases selectively and with discretion. We seek to maximize recovery while always remembering that these cases are sensitive and that we work for the client — not the other way around.

Our law firm often handles criminal negligence cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay us only if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.

What Is Criminal Negligence?

One example of criminal negligence is negligent security. Owners of businesses and other commercial properties have a responsibility to protect people from foreseeable harm. Examples of ways businesses can protect people from criminal acts include:

  • Installing security cameras and lights to deter crime
  • Hiring security guards in high-crime areas

Another form of criminal negligence is dram shop liability. If a bar continues serving drinks to an intoxicated person and you are injured by that person, then the bar owner is responsible for compensating you for your losses.

Many people — including some attorneys — believe that if you are the victim of a criminal act, that’s bad luck. The law, however, holds otherwise. As an injured person, you have a legal right to seek compensation in cases where the property owner was negligent.

These cases also often involve disputes over life insurance proceeds or liability insurance coverage. The attorneys at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD are particularly well suited to handle these insurance issues in connection with claims as a crime victim.