Business and property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their patrons, visitors and guests. Improperly lit parking lots, dark entranceways and unmonitored common areas can render visitors vulnerable not only to slip-and-fall accidents, but also to attack, robbery or worse.
When a person is injured by a criminal attack on someone else’s property – including hotels, shopping malls, university campuses and private residences – business and property owners may be liable. Negligent security lawsuits allow injured parties a means of recovery from negligent property owners for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
What Duty Is Owed by Property and Business Owners?
Under Florida law, property and business owners have a duty to keep their premises safe to prevent injuries to patrons, visitors and guests. This duty includes a responsibility to prevent injuries caused by reasonably foreseeable criminal acts. In the context of a negligent security lawsuit, a criminal act is foreseeable when its occurrence can reasonably be expected under the circumstances.
It is not enough for business and property owners to provide warnings that criminal attacks may occur. Rather, they must proactively identify and repair conditions on their premises that enable criminal attacks against patrons, visitors and guests.
If a guest or visitor suffers injury because a property owner or occupant fails to properly exercise this duty, then the injured guest or visitor may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.
Contact Experienced Legal Counsel
If you or someone you love suffered an injury as a result of a violent crime on someone else’s property, contact an experienced negligent security attorney, like those at Greenberg Stone and Urbano Lawyers experienced in representing clients in negligent security cases can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. For more information, visit our Negligent Security Information Center.