A business in Florida may be obligated to provide basic security measures, especially in areas where criminal activity is reportedly high, and when customers can be expected to be on the premises when crimes could happen. If simple security measures are not taken, the chance of someone being attacked and injured is higher.
Plaintiffs who are injured or attacked on an unsecured property may have a negligent security case. The claim made will need to prove that there was a reasonable expectation of basic security, and the lack of security contributed to the personal injuries or losses of the plaintiff. It is better not to handle this type of personal injury case alone. If you or a loved one recently suffered an injury or loss due to negligent security, consult with a Miramar negligent security lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-896-1221.
Inadequate Security Could Constitute Negligence
In Florida, there are limited legal regulations on property security. However, if you can prove that the negligence of a business owner caused your injury or losses, you may have a personal injury claim.
Some negligent security cases will fall under premises liability laws in Florida, under which property owners have an obligation to provide safety for all invitees, including the public.
Security Measures Businesses Must Take
When planning for the daily operation of a business, considering safety is essential. Business owners could be liable for dangerous situations the public may face on property. Typically, a business owner must help with planning for the placement of streetlights and security lights with the specific intent of increasing safety precautions.
According to the Florida Statutes, section 768.1382 (1)(a)1, business owners may also be held liable for the maintenance of streetlights, and are required to report any “malfunctions or failure of illumination of the streetlight.” If a business owner fails to do this, and the security lighting or services go unused, the risk of an attack and criminal activity is greater.
If your attack happened on the property of a gas station or convenience store, additional safety standards need to be met in Florida. The Convenience Business Security Act was created to “protect convenience businesses from violent crimes.” While a convenience business may not be held liable if all the requirements of The Convenience Business Security Act are met, it is worth considering if it applies to your case.
The Florida Statute § 812.173(1) stipulates the expectations of a business’s security and failure to follow this could constitute negligence.
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Recovering Compensation in a Negligent Security Case
If you are the victim of a violent crime, or suffered significant loss due to inadequate security, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Business and property owners have a legal obligation to keep all invitees— including the public— safe from harm. When you become the victim of a violent crime on someone else’s property, hold the party that caused it liable for compensating you for your medical bills, medications, and all future treatment. You may be able to make a personal injury claim for the following:
- Cost of medical treatment after the accident.
- Cost of prescription medications.
- Loss of wages, or loss of the ability to work.
- Mental health treatment after traumatic attacks.
This list is non-exhaustive, and every case is unique. In particular, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date of the accident, so it is important to act quickly after it happens. For other claims, the statute of limitations may vary.
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Examples of Security Negligence
Commercial property owners have a legal obligation to maintain reasonably safe conditions. This includes the obligation to be aware of how safe the community is. Property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment if there is criminal activity in the proximity of their business.
Cases of security negligence happen when someone suffers an injury or loss on a property, due to inadequate security. Here are some examples of what may be considered the start of a negligent security case:
- A customer being followed to their car.
- A customer is robbed or shot while using an ATM.
- Hotel room assault.
- Apartment complex robbery.
If you believe you may have a negligent security case, you will need to collect evidence that proves the business owner was liable for your safety. Below is a list of viable evidence you could gather about the place where your attack occurred:
- Lack of security cameras.
- Lack of security guards.
- Limited lighting, or obstructed visibility.
- Unrestricted entrances and exits.
- Broken locks or malfunctioning security systems.
- An unsecured business in an unsafe area with reports of criminal activity.
Do not let negligent business owners get away without compensating you for your personal injuries and losses. Call the personal injury attorneys at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today by dialing 800-896-1221.
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Let a Negligent Security Attorney Start Building Your Case Today
If you suffered losses as a result of a property owner’s negligent security, a lawyer from Ben Crump, PLLC can help. Do not handle this type of case alone. Our team of personal injury lawyers can explain the full extent of your legal options and remove the burden of the litigation process from your mind.
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not get paid until you get the negligent security settlement you deserve. You can begin with a free consultation when you call a Miramar negligent security lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-896-1221.
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