Were you injured in a crime that took place on somebody else’s property? You may be able to collect damages if you are able to prove that negligent security on the part the property owner or manager was the cause of your injuries.
Negligent security lawsuits in Winter Haven arise in situations where a guest, tenant, employee, customer, ticket-holder, student, passenger or patient suffers physical injuries or psychologically trauma as a result of a robbery, assault, rape, abduction, shooting, or other violent crime.
You have a right to seek compensation for injuries caused by negligent security
Florida business and property owners are required by the state’s premises liability laws to protect the safety of anyone legally on their premises. This includes implementing the proper security measures to ensure guests and others do not become the victim of a violent crime.
When property owners and businesses fail to implement reasonable security measures and a crime takes place that results in injury, the victim has the right to seek compensation for the damages suffered during the attack.
At the Rivas Law Group, our Winter Haven premises liability attorneys are dedicated to obtaining justice for the victims of crimes resulting from negligent security on the part of a property owner or business. Call us today at 863-299-5539 to speak with a Winter Haven negligent security lawyer about you case.
What is Negligent Security?
Examples of negligent security can include:
- Poor lighting, especially in stairwells, parking lots and parking garages
- Doors, windows and gates not properly secured
- Inadequate surveillance
- Insufficient security personnel
- Improperly trained or overzealous security staff
- Failure to warn guests of known security risks
- Security policies not enforced
- Lack of written security policies
- Failure to notify law enforcement of criminal activity
- Careless cash handling procedures
- Locked or blocked emergency exits
- Failure to inspect the property
- Negligent hiring of individuals with criminal backgrounds
- Inadequate fences, walls, and other security barriers
Do You Have a Negligent Security Case?
An individual injured in an attack on someone else’s property should seek the assistance of a highly skilled Winter Haven negligent security lawyer without delay.
Just because you were the victim of a violent crime while visiting someone else’s property does not necessarily mean that the property owner or business was responsible for your injuries. To prevail in a case involving negligent security, you must be able to prove that:
- You were legally on someone’s property when the crime took place.
- The property owner was responsible for ensuring the safety of persons visiting the property.
- The property owner was negligent in their duty to keep visitors and guests safe.
- This negligence resulted in your injuries.
- You suffered actual damages as a result of the criminal act.
Winter Haven negligent security lawyer Tania Rivas of the Rivas Law Group possesses the skills, training and expertise to thoroughly investigate your claim and establish the true causes of your injuries. This proof will prove crucial during negotiations with the owner’s insurance company or convincing a judge or jury to rule in your favor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Negligent Security
In these incidents, there are several things you can do that increase the chances that a filed suit will be successful.
• Let the property owner or manager on the premises know about the incident.
• Seek medical attention.
• Any evidence that you can gather may be very helpful. Things like pictures of the scene and contact info of potential witnesses can be invaluable.
• Cooperate with insurance companies, but only answer the questions they ask; don’t offer extra info or commentary on who was at fault.
• Social media posts can sometimes make or break a case. Stay off of it.
• Hire an experienced attorney.
Based on the number of total cases filed for negligent security, the categories listed below represent the most common:
• Assault and Battery, 42% of cases filed
• Sexual Assault and Rape, 26% of cases filed
• Wrongful Death, 15% of cases filed
• Robbery, 9% of cases filed
• False imprisonment, 4% of cases filed
• Home invasion, carjacking, arson, remaining 4% of cases filed
Winter Haven Negligent Security Lawyer Ready to Protect your Rights
Negligent security can lead to violent crimes at convenience stores, banks, shopping malls, shopping centers, night clubs, hotels, motels, restaurants, movie theaters, office buildings, schools, hospitals, parking lots and parking garages.
If it can be proven that a criminal attack could have been prevented through adequate security or if property owners or businesses fail to take sufficient safety measures or to warn visitors of potentially dangerous conditions, they can be held liable for the victim’s damages.
Whether you were the hurt during an armed robbery at an ATM, or injured in an assault in a poorly lit parking garage or suffered from any other type of violent crime, Winter Haven negligent security lawyer Tania Rivas will aggressively pursue financial compensation for your injuries, including present and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a criminal assault that could have been avoided had it not been for negligent security on the part of a property owner, business establishment or event promoter/organizer, call Rivas Law Group at 863-299-5539 to schedule a free consultation with a Winter Haven personal injury attorney to determine if you have a case against the property owner or manager.