In today’s legal environment, lawsuits are extremely common and is something that many people have to be aware of. Having to defend yourself in court against a lawsuit can cost both a tremendous amount of time and money, in addition to the copious amounts of stress that it can also lead to.
If you’re a business owner who has hired a private security guard or someone who has hired a bodyguard, it’s important to be aware of what can lead to a lawsuit and how to prevent one from even occurring.
Use Violence Only as a True Last Resort
The vast majority of lawsuits are due to issues related to violence. Overzealous security guards or bodyguards can sometimes get too aggressive and can injure someone, even if it’s by accident. Many of these injury claims might be dubious or highly exaggerated, but nonetheless, there are countless cases of them leading to successful lawsuits, some of which can lead to financial ruin.
To avoid this, security guards and bodyguards should only use violence as a last resort, and if only if it’s to prevent someone else from getting harmed. It’s also important that a security guard only exercise authority in the physical location that he or she is employed in. If a security guard were to leave the store, for example, and get into a situation with someone on a public street, a lawsuit can follow.
Use Only Reasonable Force
The amount of force used by a security officer or a bodyguard should be directly correlated with the crime that’s being committed. If someone has been caught shoplifting, there is no justification for physically harming the person. Instead, the security officer should restrain the person with minimal harm done.
In a situation involving a bodyguard, if the bodyguard is trying to escort his or client to a vehicle and there’s a crowd of people in the way, the bodyguard should verbally address them and ask them to move. Unless someone in the crowd touches the bodyguard or the client on purpose, no one should be shoved away.
These two situations are just some of the ones in which reasonable force must be exercised.
It’s becoming increasingly common today for security officers to be accused of discrimination, usually of the racial variety. If a customer walks in a store, unless the person is not authorized to be there, the security officer should not ask him or her to leave. A private security guard should be extremely mindful of situations that could be seen as being discriminatory in nature.
At First Security Services, we make sure that all of our employed private security officers and bodyguards are mindful of avoiding actions that could lead to lawsuits. We emphasize a disciplined approach in which protocol is always followed. Make sure to contact us today for your free consultation!