Damages caused by a violent crime is the responsibility of the criminal. His assets subject to execution may be lost to the injured party. However, most people have no such assets. Also, most insurance policies do not cover these damages if the insured under the policy was committing a crime. If an insured was negligent in allowing the crime to occur, the negligent person may be held responsible for the damages.
If the criminal that caused the violence and death or injury was an employee, the damages he caused could become the liability of his employer. This would be when the employer failed to conduct adequate background checks and employed a dangerous individual with a criminal history of violence. The employer would then be subjecting his other employees and possibly customers to danger.
When the criminal is not an employee, the premises owner can still be liable for injuries caused by the criminal if the owner of the premises failed to provide reasonable security for the premises considering the criminal history of the premises. For example, if a bar fails to provide adequate security guards in a high crime area, he may be responsible if a customer is attacked in the parking lot.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a violent crime in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth or Mansfield, Texas, attorney Roger "Rocky" Walton is standing by to help. Call (817) 429-4299 or toll-free at (888) 762-5988 today for a free consultation regarding your potential case.
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