If you believe that a property owner’s negligent security contributed to or directly caused your accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced negligent security lawyer on your side.
Commercial business owners and landlords have a legal duty to provide safe premises for their clients and guests. This duty includes providing a safe and secure establishment that is relatively guarded from criminal acts. While commercial business owners and landlords cannot possibly prevent all crimes from occurring on their property, providing adequate security can deter criminal behavior and lessen the likelihood of a client or renter sustaining serious harm.
Inadequate security is an all too common problem in many parts. Businesses that are looking to reduce overhead costs may fail to install security cameras or avoid trimming bushes and hedges around the property line. Businesses and apartment complexes without adequate security often invite criminal activity and provide a dark and safe place for criminals to commit various violent crimes, including robbery, rape, or assault and battery.
In order to win your negligent security lawsuit in the State of Florida, a plaintiff must prove the following:
Inadequate security is similar to other forms of premises liability, in that you must establish that the property owner should have foreseen the consequences that their negligence would cause. This can be done in several ways:
Companies and property owners can create a dangerous environment by failing to perform a number of safety measures, including:
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If you’ve been injured due to a lack of security and safety measures in a public or private place someone could be held responsible.
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When property owners fail to install necessary systems that protect their customers and discourage criminal activity, serious and life-threatening injuries can occur. Some of these injuries include:
In addition to life-threatening physical injuries, victims of violent crimes due to inadequate security will also deal with numerous psychological and emotional injuries that can take a lifetime to heal. Some of those emotional injuries include:
ATM machines and gas stations are two of the most popular premises that attract criminals looking for an easy target. Without proper security, those two premises could be terrifyingly dangerous for all clients and customers. Cash machines that are located in dark parking lots or where they cannot be monitored by street traffic are prime targets for criminals looking to score a quick buck. Likewise, gas stations that are unattended or that are inadequately lit can provide an easy target for criminals looking to steal a car, someone’s purse, or engage in more sinister activity. Outdoor gas station bathrooms that are not monitored make an easy and sheltered location for a variety of criminal activities that range from lewd behavior to rape.