Whether you are visiting a friend at an apartment complex, attending a concert, filling your car with fuel or attempting a withdrawal at an ATM machine, you have the right to expect to be safe. The owners of these facilities have an obligation to ensure that people who are visiting are kept safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as was demonstrated in a recent case involving two people who were shot at a local apartment complex. While both victims recovered, this was may have been a case of inadequate security.
What is inadequate security?
When someone attends any event they have an expectation they may enter a facility, leave a facility and get to their vehicle without incident. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. We have heard of a number of incidents that can occur on other’s premises including:
- Assault or assault and battery– muggings in dark areas of the parking lot because a company failed to provide proper lighting may be considered an incident that occurred as a result of inadequate security.
- Rape and sexual assault– too often, when a property is poorly lit or has no security cameras, the property may be ideal for a sexual predator. Unfortunately, rape and sexual assaults can occur leaving victims with life-long problems.
- Gun crimes– properties in high-crime areas should be adequately protected with security guards, locked entryways or onsite cameras. In some instances, serious injuries and even death can occur in an area that is not well-secured.
When are property owners liable?
When you are a guest on a property of any type, you are considered to be there for legal purposes. You have an expectation of safety and the property owner may be liable for your safety if you are injured or if you lose a loved one because the property owner did not have appropriate security measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors. For example, if a property owner has knowledge their property is in an area that has high crime statistics, if there were incidents of robbery or assault on the property in the past and they failed to make security changes, they may be held liable.
What types of damages can property owners be liable for?
If you are injured because of inadequate security you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering as well as lost wages. At the Schrier Law Group, we can help you to get compensation for these damages, as well as psychological and emotional trauma, immediate and future medical care, or rehabilitative care. We have more than 60 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims.
Work with an experienced Florida inadequate security attorney. We will take all the necessary steps to prove your case including obtaining witness statements, police reports and your medical reports. We have experienced assistants, investigators and experts who will investigate your case thoroughly to ensure we can get you the compensation you deserve. When you are injured or you lose a loved one because a facility had inadequate security, contact the Schrier Law Group today, at 800-700-7285 immediately. We will fight hard to get justice for you and your family.
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