Employees, customers, and other members of the public should feel secure when on commercial property and in businesses. Property owners need to implement suitable security measures to ensure safe premises. Regrettably, some business owners neglect security, putting the general public at risk. You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured, attacked, or assaulted while visiting a business or commercial property due to the owner’s negligence.
Delray Beach negligent security claims are incredibly complicated and necessitate the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Dyson Law, PLLC investigates these claims thoroughly and advocates for the victims. While other firms do not have the time or resources to devote to these claims, we put everything into them to help our clients obtain settlements or trial victories.
How Is Negligent Security Defined in Florida?
According to Florida law, a property owner or manager must do everything reasonably possible to keep property visitors and guests safe. This applies not only to the conditions of the actual property but also to security. Security measures may include adequate lighting around the property, a working security system, properly maintained locks and other security features, proper surveillance, and security guards, depending on the property type and location.
If the property owner fails to provide adequate security and you are attacked or otherwise injured, you may be able to file a negligent security claim against them to recover damages and hold them accountable.
Where Does Negligent Security Take Place?
Anywhere with people visiting or residing may be subject to negligent security. Negligent security cases can take place in a variety of locations, such as:
- Office buildings
- Gas stations
- Concert venues and theaters
- Sporting events
What Are Some Negligent Security Examples?
Florida law recognizes the high risk of criminal activity in convenience stores and requires convenience store owners to take certain precautions. Failure to comply with these and other legal requirements can be considered negligence. Some other examples of negligent security are:
- Poorly lit parking lots (as robberies, assaults, and other crimes are frequently committed in dark, isolated areas)
- Insufficient lighting in outdoor areas, stairwells, and other locations
- Security guards or other personnel who fail to perform their duties properly and thus fail to protect customers
- Inadequate security systems, cameras, or locks
Do You Have a Good Case for Negligent Security?
To prove a negligent security case, you must show what the owner knew ahead of time and that what the owner knew ahead of time is part of a systematic failure. Here are some questions to ask:
- Did the owner know or have reason to believe that there was a dangerous situation on their property with third parties entering from outside and causing danger? Has this ever happened before?
- Did the owner take steps, such as installing surveillance cameras that are monitored in real-time to detect when someone is in trouble on the property and get them help as soon as possible?
- Did the owner have adequate security guards on the premises, if necessary, due to the surrounding neighborhood?
- Is there anyone watching and walking around the premises, including the parking lot, to ensure everyone’s safety?
- Has the owner been made aware of a situation in which people were unsafe, and what steps have they taken to ensure that such a situation does not occur again?
You can also check public records and police reports to see if there’s been a history of negligent security on the property or business. Contact one of the personal injury lawyers at Dyson Law, PLLC, to help investigate your negligent security case.
Can You Sue for Compensation in a Negligent Security Case?
If you or a loved one was injured due to negligent security, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If your loved one died as a result of a crime that occurred as a result of negligent security, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover a variety of damages. You can learn more about your options by speaking with a negligent security attorney.
When Do I Need to File a Claim?
According to the Florida Statute of Limitations, you have four years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit, but you should do so as soon as possible. Delays on your part could complicate your case because your personal injury lawyer could have difficulty obtaining security footage (if any cameras were installed), images of the incident scene, or witness accounts.
Contact Dyson Law, PLLC If You Are a Victim of Negligent Security in Florida?
At Dyson Law, PLLC, we combine an old-school work ethic with the latest technology. We do not have a huge attorney-to-client ratio so that we can provide value to each of our clients. When you choose our team at Dyson Law, PLLC, any decision on how to proceed with your negligent security case remains in your hands. We will not abandon you during these challenging times. Our experienced professionals will provide solid guidance and keep you in the loop.
Our team believes in using the most advanced tools in our stalwart determination to get the best results for you. We will tackle the issues with insurance companies and opposing counsel so you can tackle the hard work of getting better.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to negligent security, our personal injury lawyers at Dyson Law, PLLC, are committed to helping you re-establish a solid foundation and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (561) 498-9979 or complete our online form for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida from our Delray Beach, Florida, office.
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