Property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe and free from any hazardous or dangerous conditions. One of the ways that a property owner can create a safe environment for guests, customers, patrons, or invited persons is through security measures. Having any kind of surveillance or security measures on a property can help ensure the safety of those walking on that property.
If you have suffered injuries or losses as a result of negligent security, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries, emotional trauma, property damage, and pain and suffering. Consider contacting our legal team to find out how a Sarasota negligent security lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 896-1221 can help you develop your case and ensure help you receive compensation.
Negligent Security and Premises Liability Law
In some cases, a property owner cannot remain responsible for crimes committed by third parties on their property. However, Florida Statute § 768.0705 indicates that property owners have a requirement under premises liability law to ensure a safe environment for any guest, visitor, patron, customer, or another party lawfully allowed to exist on the property.
Property owners have a responsibility to ensure that their property remains free from any hazards or dangers. Additionally, the law in the state of Florida requires that property owners (both individual and business owners) have a proactive responsibility to attempt to protect against foreseeable criminal acts. This means that a property owner should take reasonable measures to attempt to prevent criminal acts on their property, if possible.
Again, while a property owner can never take away all chances of criminal assaults or attacks on their property, they may face civil charges for negligent security if they fail to provide reasonable measures to prevent these crimes.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of an attack or crime on someone else’s property that failed to have security or had negligent security, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Consider reaching out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a Sarasota negligent security lawyer to help you determine your legal rights.
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Determining if a Property Owner Breached a Duty to Protect
Every property will have a different set of needs requiring security. However, one way to help determine if a property owner breached their duty to protect guests or customers is to examine how other similar businesses in similar locations handle their security.
Some questions to consider can include:
- Do other businesses in the area hire security guards?
- Do they have motion cameras installed?
- Do the parking lots and staircases have adequate lighting?
- Do the areas have emergency call boxes available?
- Is the area considered to be a high-crime area?
- Has the business ever experienced any other crime on their property?
Learning about how other similarly situated businesses handle their security can help provide a basis and foundation regarding your premises liability and negligent security case.
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Examples of Negligent Security
Every property has different needs regarding their own specific security measures. However, some examples of negligent security that would potentially create a foundation for a premises liability case could include the following:
- Failure to provide adequate lighting in common paths, walkways, or parking lots
- Failure to fence the property to prevent third parties from entering
- Failure to provide keyed or locked entranceways to buildings
- Failure to provide an intercom system that would allow someone to connect to security or law enforcement
- Failure to repair broken doors or gates allowing third parties to easily enter the property
- Failure to provide alarms or emergency phones
- Failure to provide security guards on the property
- Failure to provide any kind of security following a previous attack or crime on the property
- Failure to adequately and properly train security guards
- Failure of the security guard to thoroughly inspect the property as required to ensure its safety
- Failure of the security guard to appropriately contact law enforcement or take safety protocol measures during an attack or crime
Negligent Security Cases and Compensation
You may have the legal right to receive justice and compensation from the property owner following an attack or crime on their property if they failed to provide appropriate security. In order to have a strong negligent security case, a victim must have actual physical, psychological, and/or financial harm.
Additionally, the victim must prove that the attack or crime committed against them on the property was the direct result of the failure of the property owner to have appropriate security in place, which would have either prevented the crime or attack, or provided assistance during the crime or attack.
If you have suffered any kind of physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result of an attack or crime on someone else’s property relating to negligent security, you may have the right to receive the following types of compensation depending on your specific facts and circumstances:
- Medical bills (emergency transport, hospitalization, surgeries, prescriptions, medical treatments, physical therapy, rehabilitative care, medical devices, etc.)
- Loss of wages (salary, wages, missed bonuses or promotions, missed retirement pension contributions, missed employee benefits, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Additional expenses including the need for a housecleaner or assistant, since the victim remains unable to perform daily functions and has a reduced quality of life
- Disfigurement and/or paralysis
- Wrongful death (family member may bring a lawsuit on behalf of their loved one who died to negligent security)
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Under Florida Statute § 95.11, a victim only has four years from the date of the incident in order to file a claim for personal injuries related to negligent security. Depending on the facts and circumstances in your case, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation from the owner of a property if you suffered an attack or were the victim of a crime due to negligent security.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 896-1221, and find out how a Sarasota negligent security lawyer can help ensure your legal rights remain protected.