Chicago, like many major metropolitan areas, has a high violent crime rate. In fact, during the past year, more than 400 people died from violence within the city.
Many of these serious and fatal incidents of violence occur in public places: Stores, movie theaters, shopping malls, parking lots, parks, housing developments and apartment complexes. And in all too many cases, steps could have been taken to prevent these terrible events.
If you or a loved one is harmed by violence in a public area, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced attorney. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a lawyer from our firm can assess whether you are eligible for compensation to help you through a trying time.
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Perpetrators commit violence for any number of reasons. For instance:
A business or government agency that owns or maintains a building or public area can’t be expected to control these types of violent individuals.
However, they are expected to protect visitors from violence or warn about certain risks. If they fail to do so, and you or a loved one suffers harm because of this failure, the party should be held responsible.
For instance, if a property owner / occupier knows about a pattern of violence taking place on a property they hold open to the public, that party should take reasonable measures such as:
It depends on the circumstances. For instance, if a mall owner has seen a problem with shootings or weapons on its property, it may be reasonable to install a metal detector at its entrances or hire full-time security personnel.
If a property owner / occupier does undertake these safety measures, they must do so properly. For instance, parking lot lights should be maintained. Security personnel should be trained to identify and react to violent attacks. Metal detectors should keep weapons out.
If the property owner / occupier hired a security company to carry out this safety plan, and the company failed to do so, then that company should be held responsible as well.
A person who is the victim of a shooting, assault or other violent incident in a public area may suffer serious physical injuries. These include:
In addition to physical damage, those who suffer from or witness a violent attack in a public place may also experience serious mental harm such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Whether the harm is mental or physical, the victim can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
If you have suffered harm from violence that occurred in a public place in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you should seek compensation for your losses. By taking action, you may actually force a business or government agency to make its property safer for future visitors.
To learn more about your rights and options, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., today. We will discuss your case right away in a free and confidential consultation.
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