Press Release - DECEMBER 19, 2017

Insurance Law Podcast Discusses Negligent Security Claims

 John Czuba
Managing Editor, Best’s Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5673


A.M. Best and Best’s Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource have released the latest installment of the Insurance Law Podcast, a series that examines timely insurance and claims issues from a legal point of view.

This episode discusses negligent security claims, which are usually a result of a criminal act that happens on a commercial property, e.g., someone is robbed or assaulted in a parking lot. The claims are generally based on the victim’s belief that the individuals and property owners who invite people onto their property have a reasonable duty to ensure that the property is safe. The claims are often complex, costly and have multiple defendants, such as the property owners, property management companies and security companies. The best defense against these claims is to adhere to a security plan that is appropriate for the property and update as needed. All parties involved should keep meticulous records and be aware of any contractual relationships that could be used as a basis of a cross claim for indemnification and defense.

The podcast features attorneys Jan Simonsen and Tracy Scott from the law firm of Carr Maloney in Washington, D.C. Ms. Simonsen is an equity member with the firm and is focused on mass tort and toxic tort litigation, retail litigation and professional liability. Ms. Scott is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on premises, professional and product liability, and also is well-versed in construction litigation and general liability issues.

Carr Maloney is a Qualified Member of Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys, a claims industry resource that has featured qualified legal counsel, independent insurance adjusting services and expert service providers since 1929.

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