The state of Florida requires businesses, workplaces, homes, and places of leisure to take preventative measures to keep patrons, residents, employees, and the general public safe from harm under Florida Statutes § 812. In the context of security, harm often alludes to those who would engage in criminal acts such as robbery and assault. The need for security ranges beyond these circumstances.
If you or a loved one suffered harm, either mental or physical, in some way because of inadequate security at a location or lost a loved one to a similar situation, you have a right to seek legal representation with a Miami negligent security lawyer. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-896-1221.
Negligent Security and Foreseeable Harm
When a criminal act occurs and you or a loved one suffers harm from the crime, you must consider whether the property owners where the act occurred equipped their premise with adequate security to provide partial or total protection from the injuries you sustained.
Three potential parties may bear responsibility in a negligent security action case, according to Steven C. Minson in the Washington and Lee Law Review. The three are:
- The business owner or landlord of the property where the crime occurred.
- The criminal who directly caused your injuries, physical or mental.
- You, the plaintiff.
You may bear no fault for harm that befell you because of negligent security. A court may find a plaintiff partially at fault if they chased after somebody who had just robbed a store and sustained further injuries, for example. Even in such a case, if the store did not have adequate security, you may still qualify for compensation for your losses.
Under Florida Statutes § 768, comparative fault says even if a plaintiff proves partially responsible for harm that they sustained, they may still collect compensation for their losses.
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A Property Owner’s Duty to Protect Their Customers
Every property owner, whether they run a business, apartment, government building, or otherwise—has the responsibility of a property owner to provide a reasonable measure of safety to those who step foot on their premises.
Individuals with a duty to protect others from the criminal acts of third parties can start by:
- Installing a comprehensive video surveillance system to discourage would-be criminals from committing crimes.
- Installing protective glass for employees, especially in high-crime areas.
- Hiring security personnel in businesses that expose employees to an abnormally high risk of confrontation, such as those that serve alcohol or work at a gas station at night.
- Ensuring that the premises remain well lit, especially at night.
- Posting signs that inform would-be robbers that the company always keeps less than $50 in the cash register.
- Ensuring that employees have a full understanding of consistent guidelines for opening and closing the business in a way that minimizes their exposure to robbery.
The circumstances of each individual business may call for additional measures, and the measures mentioned above may not suffice if the business has a history of crime occurring on its premises. If you suffered from negligent security, call the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-896-1221 for a free consultation.
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A Lawyer May Help You Pursue Compensation as the Victim of Negligent Security
When it comes time to fighting for compensation, a lawyer can walk you through the legal process. Compensation can cover the losses that you endured.
A lawyer can answer your questions and give you advice, and they may also fulfill tangible services and tasks while you recuperate from your injuries. Some of the responsibilities of your lawyer may include:
- Obtaining an official account of what happened to you, whether it comes through an in-person or over-the-phone meeting.
- Filing your case in the courts as soon as possible.
- Obtaining any evidence that exists with respect to your case and seeking any previously undiscovered evidence of negligence and harm.
- Obtaining the testimony of experts on negligent security matters who can attest that you suffered from inadequate security.
- Maintaining contact with counsel to inform the defendant of any legal action.
- Completing all the steps necessary to bring your case to a conclusion, which may result in a judgment or settlement.
- Defending your rights throughout the entire legal process.
If your Miami negligent security lawyer convinces the jury that the defendant acted negligently, or you reach a settlement value while negotiating with an insurance company, then you may collect compensation.
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Possible Awards in a Negligent Security Case
Every negligent security case contains unique circumstances, though compensation from your claim may cover:
- Medical expenses relating to the negligence.
- Wages you have lost because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering resulting from the incident.
You may qualify for additional compensation, especially if you are bringing forth a wrongful death claim.
Statute of Limitations
You do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Florida imposes a four-year deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit, starting from the date of the accident under Florida Statutes § 95. Four years may seem like a long time, but as the deadline approaches and losses accumulate, you risk your eligibility to take legal action. A Miami negligent security lawyer may help you file a lawsuit on time while you focus on your health. The sooner you call us, the sooner we may begin building your case.
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A Miami Negligent Security Lawyer Can Help You
Our clients pay nothing out of pocket, as we only get paid if we win for you. Call our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-896-1221 to discuss how we can help you seek justice for your losses.
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