Charlotte NC January 18 2018
Security companies, security employees and customers who employed private security agencies faced more than 16, 208 lawsuits in 2017.
Of the lawsuits filed, 67.6 percent were for assault, excessive use of force, unlawful restraint or claims of being injured at the hands of private security guards.
Another 8.2 percent of the filings were for wrongful deaths.
11.3 percent of the filings were for breach of contract or other contractual agreement violations.
6.5 of the claims involved theft, damage of property and more than 4.8 percent of the lawsuits filed were for various miscellaneous claims.
While most lawsuits were settled prior to trial, many were adjudicated through the court system and some companies and individual security workers did receive judgments against them including a number of large judgements in the amounts of $678,300, $2.3 million and $477.000 as well as one for $3.4 million dollars.