As prepared as we can try to be, unfortunately, accidents can occur at any time and at any place. Negligent Security Law focuses on the protection of victims who are injured by a violent or criminal act that occurs on another person’s property. In Florida, it is a property owner’s responsibility to provide adequate protection and security for any visitor to his or her property.
If you are injured as the result of a criminal act that took place on the premises of another person, the owner may be liable for the damages. To help you better understand if you have a potential Negligent Security claim, let us share with you some information about this type of law.
What does Negligent Security look like?
Negligent Security can take many forms. The danger on the property that harms the person has to be foreseeable, and the owner either knew or should have known about it. Generally, owners are responsible for keeping the premises of their property safe and have the duty to provide basic and proper security, warnings of any dangerous conditions, proper lighting, maintenance, and repairs. Some more specific examples include broken windows, unsecured doors, poor or broken lighting, failure to lock the business doors, lack of or broken security cameras, poorly trained or lack of security staff, and failure to warn the public about any increased criminal activity in the area. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list.
Should I file a Negligent Security claim?
When you or a loved one legally enter any property, you expect a reasonable level of security in the form of locked gates, guards, or cameras. Unfortunately, these features can become damaged or become ineffective, and this may result in the promise of security being broken.
Negligent Security practices can allow serious crimes to occur on business premises, such as sexual assault, battery, and theft. If you have been a victim of one or more of these crimes because of Negligent Security, you may have a viable Negligent Security claim. Accordingly, you may be entitled to seek damages for any medical, physical, and emotional suffering you experience. If you have been the victim of a crime because of Negligent Security practices, our Tallahassee lawyers will be able to assess your case to determine who is liable.
These are just a few of the ways a Negligent Security claim could arise. Remember, however, that every case is different and your facts will influence your case. If you have questions we encourage you to contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced, local attorneys.