Victim of a Holdup
Perhaps you were shopping at the convenience store, checking into a motel, or simply using the ATM, and you and the business were robbed. Your routine activity became part of a criminal act. Generally, the hold-up is over as quickly as it began. Suddenly, you’re lying on the floor, your wallet is gone, and the criminals are speeding away in car.
If you’ve been the victim of a crime like this, you know the aftermath continues for years. Nightmares, paranoia, and agoraphobia are just few of the symptoms you suffer. But who is responsible for helping you with these post-trauma symptoms?
No business can guarantee that a crime won’t occur on its premise. However, businesses have a responsibility to their employees and clients to enact reasonable crime-prevention methods to deter criminals. Working cameras, proper lighting, and internal cash-handling procedures can reduce the likelihood of crime significantly.
Just as in a physical injury (slip and fall) that happens on a commercial property, businesses are responsible for the emotional distress from a hold-up or robbery. You might be eligible for recouping the cost of psychological treatment, anxiety medications, and lost wages.
You might (or might not) receive a letter from the business or its insurance company indicating how much time you have to submit a claim. A personal injury attorney will be able to investigate the company’s insurance policy to see if your losses and costs are already listed as covered expenses.
You are the victim of a preventable crime. Make sure to hold the business responsible for keeping you safe.