Last year, a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others made national headlines. The victims were attending a concert and were shot by a high-stakes gambler from the windows of a hotel room. As it turns out, the contractor-provided security for the concert was federally certified. Under federal approval, their liability is limited in the event that their federally vetted and approved products or services do not prevent an attack such as the mass shooting. This protection against liability came about in 2002, and there are significant implications for the makers of hundreds of security systems, software, and equipment that have been certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Hospitality Companies Look for Federal Approval
At the moment, it is difficult for hotels and other hospitality companies to get federal approval. This is because they have to show that the security at their properties can do more than just seek out gambling cheaters. Most likely, they would have to be able to locate signs of terrorism in order to get certified — not an easy task. Making it even more difficult is the fact people are constantly coming and going from hotels.
As it stands right now, a hotel or other premises should still be held accountable when a guest is hurt because of negligent security. By law, hotel owners, operators, and managers are supposed to keep their premises safe, whether from attack or from something as simple as inclement weather.
Contact a Pittsburgh Premises Liability Lawyer Who Will Work for You
The process of filing a premises liability claim is not easy. It takes a skilled lawyer to make sure that you have a strong case and can prove fault for your injuries. Luckily, the Law Office of Mark A. Smith can provide you with the strong, experienced legal counsel you need for your negligent security or slip & fall accident claim in Pittsburgh, Homestead, Erie, Greensburg, or anywhere else in Pennsylvania. With a history of success in all types of premises liability cases, we will fight to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries. Call (412) 567-9598 or fill out the online contact form to begin speaking with a member of our legal team today. We have an office located at 322 North Shore Drive, Building 1B, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, in addition to an office in Homestead, PA.
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