Florida Negligent Security Lawyer
Florida boasts beautiful beaches, pleasant weather, and great hangout places, but it also has its fair share of violent crimes, including robbery and criminal assault. These crimes can happen to anyone since they occur in public places, including amusement parks, bars, hotels, schools, and malls. Most of the times, these incidents can be prevented if adequate security measures are placed by the owners or managers of the property. Their negligence can result in the occurrence of these crimes and people can get injured.
The most common feature in premises claim and liability for negligent security is due to the legal duty of the defendant to offer a safe environment for the plaintiff. Defendants may range from personnel or vendors, security companies, business operators, landlords, managers, landowners, or individuals or companies responsible for security measures on their behalf. While plaintiffs may range from vendors, customers, guests, tenants or anyone who is legally present in the building or area.
Getting injured due to negligent security can be a difficult situation as it can cause significant financial, physical and emotional distress. In such cases, a skilled and qualified injury lawyer can be of assistance to make the case stronger and to ensure the victim get their right. It is best to understand more about negligent security cases in Florida so you know what to expect.
Common Causes of Negligent Security Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to the negligence of others, you would have to prove that there was a lack of or no security system in place when the accident occurred. A skilled lawyer can help you in making a case on your behalf to prove that those injuries might not have happened had a reasonable security system was placed. However, the first thing that must be done is to get proper medical attention for the injuries sustained.
Secondly, evidence must be preserved immediately after the accident, including attaining any security footage, gathering contact details of witnesses and collecting statements. All of this can be done by a personal injury lawyer. Mostly inadequate or negligent security accidents are caused due to violent crimes. Lack of proper security measures can be caused due to numerous reasons including:
- Lack of security patrols
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of suitable security tools, including doors and windows locks
- Duplicate keys in the hands of unauthorized personnel or tenants
- Insufficient locks and security in public areas, such as gyms and pools
- Incompetent or untrained security personnel, including bouncers and private guards
- Failure of implementing security measures even with prior criminal violence and injuries
- No security cameras
Additionally, failing to perform security risk analysis or assessment might lead to negligence. It is the responsibility of the property managers, landowners or third parties to ensure their employees are properly trained in offering sufficient security and follow the established security procedures or policies.
Injuries caused due to negligent security can occur in any public and private areas, including:
- Shopping malls
- Public events
- Public housing
- Apartment complexes
- Convenience stores
- Parking lots
- Business venues and operators
It is essential to understand how and where such incidents can happen to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The more you are aware of the negligent claims you can make, the better equipped you would be to handle the situation better.
Elements of Legal Negligence Claim
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, your personal injury lawyer would be able to determine if you can make the claim on the basis of the following main elements:
Duty of Care
The defendant must have the legal obligation to provide sufficient security measures and care. If the owner, manager or third parties responsible to keep individuals safe have failed to maintain the level of security needed to secure the building or area, a negligent case can be made.
Breach of Duty
The defendant is legally responsible to provide a duty of care but didn’t act as expected or breached their duty. For instance, the premises or business owner failed to conduct regular maintenance of the place or hired incompetent security guards. If the breach of duty is proven, a claim can be filed. The case can become stronger if the owner was well aware of the potential dangers or the area has a past history of crime.
Causes of Injuries
The plaintiff has to prove that the injury suffered was caused due to the breach of duty and could have otherwise not occurred if sufficient measures were taken by the individual or people responsible.
Usually, the plaintiff is obliged to show the damages caused by the injuries, including pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, financial hardships and more.
You need to understand that these cases can be complex, which is why it is essential to have a qualified injury lawyer to professionally handle the case right from the start.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries caused by negligent security and need a highly skilled lawyer to help navigate you through this difficult time then call Shiner Law Group. Our team of expert liability lawyers will offer a free evaluation of your case.
Property managers and/or owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe by providing sufficient security measures, especially if there has been past events of violence and other security issues in the building or surrounding areas. If you or someone else gets injured because of their negligence, whether it is in a parking lot, apartment building, workplace, departmental store, shopping mall, hotel or resort, school or other educational institution, showroom or any other premises. It is best to consult our expert legal team to fight on your behalf and help you recover the damages compensation you deserve.