When a person finds his or her self in such a position, there are specific strategies that need to be employed and followed in order to ensure that such an individual’s rights and interests fully are protected.
Immediately Document Conduct
If a person has been subjected to rough or negligent security guards, that individual must immediately document the incident. The fact is that contemporaneouslyy created statements that summarize what occurred in a situation in which a party is rough or negligent is given a good deal of credence in the U.S. judicial system.
By promptly documenting what occurred in regard to a negligent or reckless security guard, an injured person also is able to better refresh his or her memory about what happened at a later date. This type of memory refresher can be helpful, indeed vital, when it comes to pursuing a claim or even a lawsuit for any injuries or damages that may have arisen from the negligence or reckless conduct of a security guard.
Take Photos or a Video
Another important step that a person must take in the aftermath of rough, reckless or negligent treatment by a security guard is taking photos or making a video of the scene. In this day and age, with all of the various types of portable devices, it is not a challenge to take photos or create a video to further document the scene of an incident involving a security guard.
The images need to include the surroundings where the incident occurred, the subject security guard if at all possible and any injuries a person may have sustained because of the inappropriate conduct of a security guard.
In some instances, it may also be possible to video short statements from witnesses to the incident. If that is a step that is possible, the witnesses should state their names and contact information before saying anything further.
Gather Information from Witnesses
Inappropriate conduct by security guards rarely is undertaken in isolation. In other words, there nearly always are witnesses to the event. As noted a moment ago, if possible, short video statements can be taken of witnesses to an incident involving rough or negligent security guards.
If making a video statement is not possible at the scene of an incident involving a security guard, a person needs to take written statements from these individuals. The statements need to summarize what each of these individuals saw at the time of the incident with the security personnel.
Identifying Responsible Parties
One of the tasks a person subjected to inappropriate conduct by a security needs to undertake is identifying all of the individuals and entities that might bear legal responsibility for any injuries sustained by the victim of that conduct. In addition to the security guard his or her self, the employer of that individual is also likely to be legally liable for the injuries. A person needs to keep in mind that the guard may not be employed by the business or organization at which he or she was standing duty at the time of the incident.
Schedule an Initial Consultation with a Lawyer
Perhaps the most crucial step a person needs to take in the aftermath of an incident involving rough or negligent security guards is scheduling an initial consultation with a lawyer. A lawyer typically will be willing to schedule a no obligation and no cost initial consultation with a person injured as a result of the inappropriate conduct of a security guard.
At such a meeting, a lawyer will analyze the facts and circumstances of the situation and propose a course of action. It is important to note that in cases such a these, an attorney typically charges no fee unless the client obtains compensation via a settlement of the case or a judgment following a trial in court.
Beware of the Statute of Limitations
What these laws do is establish a time frame in which a lawsuit for personal injuries must be filed. If a personal injury lawsuit is not filed within the time frame established by the statute of limitations, a person will be permanently precluded from pursuing such a lawsuit at any time in the future.