When you go to a bar, restaurant, grocery store, or any other establishment you expect that you will be safe coming and going from your vehicle.  However, even with security cameras, violent crimes occur in areas where there is inadequate or no security and opportunity for criminals to attack.  Many injuries occur during muggings, assaults, robberies, and other violent acts on parking lots.  These injuries may include, but are not limited to, broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, injuries on the neck, face, and other exposed areas.  

Unfortunately, the lasting affects of these assaults may lead to PTSD or other mental trauma that requires counseling.  As a result of these injuries, medical bills and anxiety pile up while the victim goes on and tries to live his/her life. Oftentimes the assailant flees and is never caught.  Or, even if the criminal is caught, he/she doesn’t have the financial means to cover the victim’s medical bills. The question then becomes whether the parking lot owner should have done more to protect people on the premises.

In Missouri, people have a right to sue the property owner of a parking lot if that parking lot owner knew that there was a potential for violent or non-violent crimes to occur on the property, but did nothing to protect patrons.  Evidence of those previous crimes can be used to show that the owner of the parking lot had a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect patrons from criminals. 

When these events happen, we often see that there is a history of violent and non-violent crimes that have occurred on the parking lot, but that the property owner did nothing to protect patrons.  As a result, unsuspecting visitors to the lot believe they are safe when they are really at risk due to a lack of security or due to a lack of concern by the property owner.  Instead of providing a safe and secure place for patrons, some owners just leave their patrons’ safety to chance, hoping that an assault doesn’t occur.  And, even if assaults do occur, there is nothing done to improve the safety of the parking lot.

If you have been assaulted in a Missouri parking lot, it can be a traumatic experience.  Even if the criminal is caught and is prosecuted, the criminal may be put in prison or may not have the financial means to pay your medical bills and compensate you for the injuries you’ve sustained. The attorneys at The Law Office of Mike Campbell have handled numerous parking lot assault cases and would be happy to discuss options you have to take care of medical bills and other concerns you have following an assault.  

First and foremost, you should take immediate steps to protect yourself as outlined in this blog post and work with law enforcement to catch and prosecute the wrongdoers involved.  If you need an ally during this process or just want to talk to an attorney about what your options are, do not hesitate to call the attorneys at the Law Office of Mike Campbell.

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