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In Nevada, negligent security lawsuits are civil actions you bring against property owners for harming you by failing to provide adequate safety measures on the premises. Examples of negligent security include:
In order to win a negligent security case in Nevada, you would need to prove the following five “premises liability” elements:
In short, property owners have a duty to provide safe and secure surroundings for their guests. Plus, you need to show that your injuries were reasonably foreseeable considering the inadequate security provided.1
The vast majority of lawsuits settle out of court. Though should your case reach trial, you would need to prove these elements by a preponderance of the evidence – that it is more likely than not that the defendant provided negligent security.2
Common evidence to prove that security was ineffective or lacking includes:
If necessary, your attorney can also hire expert witnesses in the security field to testify as to how the defendant fell short in their “standard of care.”
In most negligent security cases in Nevada, you would sue the
of the location where your injuries occurred.
Even if you were harmed by an individual security guard, the property owners/managers are often vicariously liable for the security guard’s actions: The owners/managers failed to exercise due diligence in hiring competent and trained professionals to provide adequate security.
Depending on the case, you may also be able to sue
Predictably, individual security guards typically have shallow pockets and may be judgment-proof. This is why suing the property owner is far more lucrative.
Personal injury attorneys would be seeking compensatory damages to cover your:
Predictably, the extent of your injuries determines the ultimate payout.
In the One October Harvest Festival Massacre at Mandalay Bay in 2017 – the most extreme recent example of negligent security – victims and their families were able to recover millions from the MGM through a settlement.3 In that case, MGM failed to:
The statute of limitations for bringing a negligent security lawsuit in Nevada is two years. This is a shorter time than it sounds since it takes a while for personal injury lawyers to compile all the available evidence and craft a winning case, so you should not delay in seeking legal help.4
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.