Negligent Security and Premises Liability
In some situations, the owner of a store, shopping center or other property has a duty to protect guests from foreseeable criminal acts. Criminal acts may include robbery, shootings, assault, purse snatching, rape, or other incidents that cause emotional injuries, physical injuries, or death to a person on the premises.
The lawyers and staff of Florida Accident Attorneys at K.L. Foote have the financial resources and experience to help you pursue the maximum compensation available for your injuries or loss due to a criminal act. Our lawyers have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts for injury victims. From our principal office in Pasco County and others offices across Florida, we represent clients throughout the state.
Florida law requires the owner of a business establishment to be aware of prior crime in the area through newspaper reports and by studying information in county records. When an area has significant criminal activity such as prior assaults, purse snatchings, robberies, or vehicle break-ins, the owner of the establishment has a legal duty to provide security to protect guests.
In some cases, it is required that a security guard be provided. It is not required that a security guard be able to stop a crime from occurring. The presence of a security guard in a parking lot or a store serves to deter someone who might want to rob or assault customers at that business. The amount of security required to deter crime depends on the history of crime in the area and the physical layout of the property. Other security measures may include cameras, warning signs, off-duty police officers, and improved lighting. Sometimes one security guard was just not enough! Our lawyers will hire a security expert to testify about the amount of security should have been provided. That expert will usually be a law enforcement expert from a major city who could testify with a great amount of credibility.
Businesses want you to come onto their property and spend money. Under Florida law, they also have a duty to make sure you are safe from foreseeable criminal acts that can injure you. People who are injured due to the negligence of a property owner are entitled to compensation if they are able to prove the negligence of the property owner. If believe you have suffered injuries due to inadequate security on the premises of another in Florida, it is important that you contact the personal injury lawyers at K.L. Foote immediately in order to protect your rights.
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