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Las Cruces Negligent Security Attorneys

Relentlessly Pursuing Justice for Victims in New Mexico

No one plans on sustaining a wrongful injury, especially while on property they reasonably expect to be safe. In New Mexico, property owners owe visitors a duty of care, including taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of danger and injury. Part of this entails appropriate security measures. If owners fail to do so and it results in harm, victims may be entitled to recover damages in court. 

If you or a loved one was harmed on third-party property due to inadequate security, you may be entitled to compensation. At Buckingham & Vega Law Firm, our negligent security lawyers have decades of experience pursuing justice for clients in Las Cruces and beyond. With a diverse legal background and proven track record of record-setting verdicts, our articulate advocates provide comprehensive counsel and high-quality representation to victims assaulted on someone else’s property.       

If you were harmed on third-party premises, our attorneys can help you exercise your right to pursue compensation. Contact us online to discuss your case. 

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Our Results Make a Difference

Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

  • Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

  • $16 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.

  • $14 Million Dram Shop Liability

    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

  • 13 Million Work Injury

    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

What Is a Negligent Security Lawsuit? 

In New Mexico, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and hazard-free for visitors and patrons alike. This includes incorporating and maintaining safe and adequate security measures to prevent foreseeable harm. A negligent security lawsuit arises when someone is injured on third-party property due to inadequate security measures. 

By bringing a lawsuit against negligent property owners or occupiers, victims can pursue compensation and ensure that defendants are held responsible for the harm they’ve caused. It’s critical to consult with a trusted negligent security lawyer who can guide your steps wisely and help you navigate the legal intricacies of your claim. 

Who Is Eligible to File a Negligent Security Claim?

Negligent security can apply to a vast variety of locations, such as malls, apartment complexes, parking garages, restaurants, bars, hospitals, schools, and entertainment venues. 

Various individuals can be eligible to file a negligent security claim, such as: 

  • Individuals who suffered injuries due to criminal acts on someone else's property, such as assault, robbery, or sexual assault.
  • Tenants or guests who experienced harm on rented or leased premises.
  • Visitors or patrons who were injured in public places, such as shopping malls, hotels, parks, or parking lots.

Negligent security lawsuits examine the duty of property owners or occupiers to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm caused by criminal activities. When they fail to provide adequate security measures, they can be held liable for injuries resulting from criminal acts.

Proving Negligent Security in New Mexico

Negligent security lawsuits can be tricky to navigate, especially while recovering from an injury. Because plaintiffs bear the burden of proof in such cases, it’s crucial for victims to understand what constitutes “negligent security” and how to establish this in court. 

Generally, recovering damages in a negligent security lawsuit requires the plaintiff to establish certain elements. These include:  

  1. Foreseeability: The concept of foreseeability is linked to a property owner's capacity to foresee or predict potential criminal acts. If the owner, knowing the potential for illicit activities, does not take appropriate steps to prevent such acts, their inadequate security measures can be construed as negligence. Plaintiffs must show that the owner or occupier should have reasonably anticipated the risk of criminal activity on the premises. 
  2. Reasonable security measures: Victims are responsible for proving that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm, such as installing adequate lighting, surveillance systems, alarms, or employing security personnel.

As you can imagine, legal concepts like “reasonable measures” can leave room for vagueness and varying interpretations. This is why it’s vital to seek sound counsel from an experienced lawyer who can fortify your claim with strong evidence, challenge gaps and discrepancies in the defendant’s argument, and present your case as compellingly as possible.

Unique Challenges in Negligent Security Lawsuits

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