Were you assaulted in your apartment or place of business? A negligent security lawyer may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Here is everything you need to know about negligent security lawsuits in Florida.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, over 81,000 violent crimes took place in the state in 2019. These crimes range from simple assaults and robberies to more extreme cases involving sexual assault and homicide.
If you are the victim of a violent crime while on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a negligent security lawsuit against the property owner to recover damages. Here’s what you should know.
What Does Negligent Security Mean?
Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of others who set foot on their property. When they fail to provide adequate protection and that failure results in a violent crime, the property owner can be held liable in civil court. A negligent security lawsuit is a premises liability claim that allows victims to receive compensation for any physical and emotional injuries they sustain.
Who Can I Hold Liable Under Florida Law?
Under Florida law, plaintiffs can seek damages from many groups. Landlords, property managers, and business owners, to name a few examples, are all required to ensure the safety of their tenants and customers—failure to provide reasonable protection from a crime can leave them open to lawsuits.
Victims may also pursue damages from the perpetrator of the crime, as well, though because the perpetrator would have to pay the damages out of pocket—no insurance covers criminal acts—the likelihood of getting the compensation the victim deserves is low.
Do I Need a Negligent Security Lawyer to Prove My Case?
In negligent security cases, you have to prove three things to the court: 1) that the property owner owed you protection from violent crime, 2) that they failed to provide that protection, and 3) that failure led to your injuries.
These requirements might seem straightforward. However, a lot hinges on proving what reasonable security protections are in your case, and a negligent security lawyer can make the process go more smoothly and lead to a higher settlement. In some cases, reasonable protection could mean having a security guard on duty. In others, it could require security cameras be installed and functional. It all depends on the circumstances of the case in question.
Another factor to consider is whether the property where the crim occurred is located in an area with a high crime rate, which would suggest that more security is necessary to protect tenants and customers.
Are you the victim of a violent crime? If think you have a case and need to talk to an experienced negligent security lawyer, do not hesitate to contact the RRBH Law team. We will answer any questions you have and help you understand how the process works. Schedule a consultation with us today.