Premises Liability and Security
Accidents occur on both private and public property. Issues arise regarding facility design and construction and their compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
When a person is injured on a premises it is important to determine if the incident location was designed, maintained, and operated in accordance with building regulations, relevant standards, and common safety protocols.
Rimkus offers a highly specialized team of engineers, architects, construction managers, and safety professionals to assist in all aspects of premises liability evaluations including building code reviews, ADA compliance, OSHA compliance, conformance with industry standards, and overall site safety reviews.
Slip and fall incidents are a special area of investigation in which Rimkus experts have years of experience. Rimkus experts are trained to utilize various types of equipment to evaluate the slip resistance of both walking and bathing surfaces. Our experts are up to date with the latest code requirements and safety standards related to slips and falls.
Our security team’s areas of expertise include foreseeability of crime, security staffing, background screening, training, policy and procedures, emergency response, and use of force.
Learn more about our premises liability and security services below.
Our Premises Liability and Security Services
Compliance EvaluationsThe regulatory compliance of buildings and facilities is a complex issue due to the ever-changing federal, state, and local municipal codes, regulations, and ordinances. Rimkus experts have the necessary insight to assess which regulations apply at a specific location. Our team is well versed in ADA standards, OSHA regulations, ASTM and ANSI standards, building codes, and other means of egress requirements.
Standard of CareThe evaluation of a premises liability claim or lawsuit goes beyond the review of regulatory compliance. Questions concerning proper maintenance, employee training, signage, and health and safety protocols could arise during any premises liability investigation. Due to our years of experience and depth of expertise, Rimkus experts are well situated to address these questions in nearly every industry including hospitality, retail, commercial, and health care.
Biomechanics in Premises LiabilityUnderstanding the mechanics of human locomotion (gait), fall dynamics, and injury mechanisms, as well as the interactions between pedestrians and walking surfaces, are key to determining how falls and injuries may have occurred. Our biomechanical experts can evaluate these factors to determine if they contributed to a reported event.
Human FactorsHuman factors can play a major role in accidents that occur at private or public locations. Our experts can explain what a person could see, and the effect of lighting on the conspicuity of objects in an area, as well as the human gait patterns when walking on flat and uneven surfaces, strolling up or down inclines, and climbing stairs and ladders.
Security Breach PreventionFew things are more important than safeguarding the public and employees on a property. Rimkus’ consultants have extensive experience on evaluating property site conditions. Whether examining parking management systems, fencing, landscaping, lighting, CCTV design, entryway design, or patron access control, our experts can identify opportunities for improvement that can only be derived from decades of security experience.
Post-Assault ConsultingNo property is immune from criminal assault events, no matter how secure. A security event is rare, but Rimkus experts can assess the foreseeability of the event and determine if the response was commensurate with the industry’s best practices. Our experts can perform a demographic analysis of criminal activity in the vicinity of your property and evaluate employee and consumer responses to criminal activity that occurred.
Crowd Control and Security Response PlanningInjuries to patrons caused by crowd surge or security failures can be high-profile incidents. Rimkus’ security experts can evaluate protocols put in place for large, public events to determine their adequacy. Our evaluations may consider factors such as the use of physical barriers, proper use or training of security guards, adequate threat assessment based on threat history and intelligence, liaison capabilities with first responders, and many others.
Computer Animation, Forensic Video Enhancement, and ExhibitsA visual representation of an accident or incident event conveys information far better than words alone. From computer-generated animations to full-length video productions, to 3D printing, our team designs and creates compelling demonstrative exhibits to accurately illustrate the facts to help our clients and juries understand precisely how an accident or incident occurred.