FREE Personal Injury Claims Quiz Take My FREE Quiz Now!
Read Our Reviews
Our Reviews | Spokane Valley, WA Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury, Civil Rights & Insurance Lawyer in Washington
Matthew Albrecht | Founder & Attorney | Albrecht Law, PLLC
Matthew Albrecht
Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Personal Injury Law: How to Bring a Successful Negligent Security Claim in Washington

December 21, 2020 – Matt Albrecht

Personal Injury Law: How to Bring a Successful Negligent Security Claim in Washington

As stated clearly in the Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions, businesses and property owners have a responsibility to exercise ordinary care to protect customers and other guests from harm. Beyond merely removing obvious safety hazards, companies have a proactive duty to take adequate security measures.

If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for an assault or criminal attack committed by a third party, including employees, other customers, and even trespassers. Here, our Spokane negligent security lawyers provide an overview of the four key things you need to bring to recover compensation in a negligent security lawsuit.

Four Elements of a Negligent Security Injury Lawsuit

Duty of Care

You can only bring a negligent security lawsuit against a business or a property owner if you can prove that they owed you a duty of care. In personal injury law, a duty of care is defined as a legal obligation whereby one party becomes responsible for looking out for the well-being of another. Under Washington’s premises liability laws, duty of care varies based on the relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. For example, businesses owe a far higher duty of care to customers than they do to trespassers.

Breach of Duty of Care

After establishing the requisite standard of care, a negligent plaintiff must prove that the defendant violated (breached) their legal obligations. In most premises liability cases, this is the most sharply contested element. In effect, you need to prove that the defendant did something “wrong” that created unreasonably dangerous conditions on their property. As an example, a Spokane, WA hotel may be liable for a criminal assault that occurred because of a malfunctioning door lock.

A Causal Connection

To bring a successful premises liability lawsuit, you must prove a causal connection between the defendant’s breach of duty of care and your injuries. Proving that a Spokane business failed to implement proper security protocols is not necessarily sufficient to hold them liable through a personal injury claim. The negligent security must be causally connected to your injuries.

Actual Harm

Finally, Washington requires a victim to suffer actual physical harm to file a successful premises liability lawsuit. To recover the full and fair financial compensation that you rightfully deserve under state law, you must demonstrate your damages. An experienced premises liability lawyer can help you put together a strong case to hold the negligent business liable and maximize your financial recovery.

Schedule a Free Personal Injury Consultation in Spokane, WA

At‌ ‌Albrecht‌ ‌Law‌ ‌PLLC, our top-rated Washington personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge to handle the full range of premises liability claims, including negligent security cases.

If you or your loved one was injured due to negligent security precautions of a business owner, we can help. Contact us today for a free, no commitment case evaluation. We represent injured victims in Spokane and throughout the surrounding region in Eastern Washington.

Albrecht Law PLLC

5105 E 3rd Ave Ste 101 Spokane Valley, WA 99212

Monday 8:30 AM–5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM–2 PM

Schedule A Free
Consultation Today
No Fee Unless You Win

Call (509) 495-1246(509) 495-1246, or fill out the short form. Don’t hesitate, your questions are welcome.

Contact Form

For more information on how your data will be handled, please visit (Privacy Policy)

Required Fields*

Your Information Is Safe With Us

We respect your privacy. The information you provide will be used to answer your question or to schedule an appointment if requested.

Related Blog Posts

Skip to content