Tampa Negligent Security Lawyer
We’re all vulnerable to criminal activity. If you’re injured by someone else’s criminal act, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries under Florida’s negligent security laws. Negligent security can instigate rape, robbery, assault, battery, or even death. If someone has injured you in a violent crime, you want to hold that person accountable and also prevent the situation that lead to such an event – that’s when you should contact a Tampa negligent security attorney.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security refers to the idea that residential and commercial landowners have a responsibility to provide reasonable security measures to prevent injury to lawful visitors. The doctrine of negligent security assumes a person’s injuries were preventable if there had been appropriate security measures. The following are possible examples of negligent security claims:
- A student assaulted in their campus dorm by a third party.
- A patron attacked at a retail store.
- A visitor robbed in a mall parking lot.
- A tenant injured by a third party at their rental community.
One of the most common questions people ask about negligent security claims is: why not sue the person who perpetuated the crime? While the criminal is responsible, an institution’s negligence created a situation where someone could enact the crime. A criminal may spend time behind bars, but he or she is unlikely to help you with the devastating medical bills and time lost from work.
Aspects in a Negligent Security Case
Negligent security cases are subject to tort law, which dictates virtually all personal injury cases. To successfully prove negligent security, you (the plaintiff) will have to provide sufficient evidence for the following:
- The owner or possessor of the property in which you were attacked owed you a “duty of care.” In the above examples, every owner of the property involved owed the victims a duty of care.
- The owner or land possessor failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent a crime (or failed to provide adequate warning).
- A criminal act lead to your injury as a result of the property owner or possessor’s failure to exercise reasonable care.
- You had a legal right to be where the incident occurred.
What Is Adequate Security?
A negligent security case also hinges on the idea that a property owner or possessor failed to provide “adequate security.” The definition of adequate security varies from case to case, but it generally includes these elements:
- The presence of adequately trained security guards during business hours.
- Sufficient lighting.
- Security features such as cameras and locks.
- Restriction of the ability to hand out duplicate keys to common areas.
There are also certain statutes that make an inference of waiver of liability, assuming business owners take certain security measures. For example, in Florida, state laws preclude convenience store owners from negligence claims when they take certain precautions in their stores, like installing security cameras, posting signs that say a cash register holds less than $50, and investing in a drop safe.
When to Contact a Negligent Security Attorney
If negligent security measures caused you injury, you may be eligible for compensation. A personal injury settlement will help provide payment for medical bills, lost wages, and other intangible losses associated with the incident (pain and suffering).
No one should have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. If you’ve recently been injured or suffered damages on someone else’s property and believe lackluster security played a role, call Williams Law, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’re under no obligation to pay unless we win a settlement or court judgment. For more information about how we can help you with your negligent security lawsuit, contact us for a case evaluation today.