Everyone should feel safe in their surroundings. But all too often, property owners risk your safety to save money.
When you visit a store, movie theater, gas station, or other establishment, you don’t expect to have to fear for your safety.
Property owners have an obligation to prevent foreseeable risks so that their customers stay safe. Yet every day, the lives of unsuspecting victims are dramatically changed by incidents such as assaults, robbery, rape, shooting, and other forms of violence.
Premises liability goes beyond sturdy shelving and “Caution: Wet Floor” signs. You should also be protected from the dangers posed by inadequate security measures in unsafe areas.
If you have been injured by a third-party as a result of negligent security, Orlando attorneys Beers & Gordon can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Every negligent security lawsuit is based on the concept of foreseeability, namely: “Should the property owner have foreseen the possibility of the risk, and could they have taken any reasonable security measures to prevent it?”
Someone who opens a jewelry store in a high crime area, for instance, should have an awareness of the risks that come along with their chosen industry and location. They should therefore take the necessary security measures to prevent such crimes from occurring.
A well-lit parking lot, properly trained security guards, a high-tech camera connected to a security system…these are all potential ways to decrease the danger posed to customers.
If a business doesn’t take these precautions and someone is injured as a result, the property owner can (and should) be held accountable.
While preventing crime isn’t an exact science, foreseeing it should be. All business owners should be taking reasonable steps to attempt to keep you safe.
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Property owners have a duty to protect each and every visitor through whatever methods are in their control. If a property owner has inadequate security in place, they are putting you at risk.
Examples of inadequate security are:
While you have a responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself, the burden of safety does not fall solely on your shoulders—especially when property owners are on notice of the potential issues on the property or in the surrounding community.
Whether you are shopping, going to the movies, walking home to your dorm room, or pumping gas, it is only right that the owner of that property take steps to keep you, their patron, safe.
Similar to Premises Liability, all property owners in Florida have an ongoing responsibility to maintain and secure their properties to ensure the safety of their visitors.
But from time to time, heightened security measures may be required.
If an assault, rape, burglary, shooting, or another violent crime were to take place on (or even near) the property, the owners have an obligation to heighten their security to ensure that every door locks, every window is sealed, and all security systems are in place.
Unfortunately, many property owners are content with having little to no security in the interests of saving money…but it is their customers that pay the price.
At Beers & Gordon, we believe that your safety and security should come first.
When security is lax, any number of potential crimes can occur.
At Beers & Gordon, our attorneys are ready to assist with a wide variety of injury cases caused by negligent security.
If you were the victim of a violent attack, you were likely left with emotional and mental suffering in addition to physical harm.
However, under the law, you do not have to suffer from any bodily injuries to be considered a victim of a crime. The threat of violence (combined with a reasonable fear of its being carried out) is known as assault can be sufficient to pursue a negligent security case.
Regardless of the circumstances, having your property stolen is an emotionally jarring experience that leaves many people feeling violated and vulnerable.
The law sees theft, robbery, and burglary as three different crimes, but our approach is the same in each case—fair compensation for your loss (including pain and suffering) at the hands of those responsible for your safety.
The physical, emotional, and mental harm caused by sexual assault and/or rape can be long-lasting and severe. And if the crime could have been prevented through adequate security, punishing the perpetrator isn’t always enough.
Holding property owners accountable can prevent future crimes, while providing you with the means to heal from your physical and emotional injuries.
There are few things as devastating as losing a loved one as a result of another’s negligence. In addition to your own grief, you must also struggle with the fact that their death could have been prevented.
While nothing can bring your loved one back or ever come close to replacing them, a wrongful death suit can provide you with a sense of closure and hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.
Orlando businesses and commercial properties can also be the site of other crimes, such as arson, false imprisonment, mass shootings, and more.
Whatever your physical or emotional injuries, you deserve justice for the harm against you. Let Beers & Gordon stand up for your rights so you receive the compensation you deserve.
Negligent security cases don’t only apply to incidents at retail establishments.
You may have a valid negligent security claim even if you were the victim of a violent crime at a hotel, apartment building, assisted living facility, college campus, or even a private residence.
The things you must prove for a negligent security lawsuit are:
At first, many of our clients are hesitant to file a negligent security claim. And on a surface level, their reasoning seems sound. The damage is already done; why go through the hassle of a lawsuit?
But no crime occurs in a bubble; there are a myriad of financial, emotional, and relational losses that often arise in cases such as this. As Orlando negligent security lawyers, it is our job to identify these areas so we can seek compensation from the responsible party.
Damages may include:
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, you are likely dealing with a slew of medical bills, pain, lost wages, and emotional turmoil. In short, you have enough on your plate without having to fight your own legal battles.
In most cases, it is not only the presence of a negligent security lawyer, but the quality of the lawyer that makes a difference.
David Beers and Jim Gordon have over 70 years of combined experience dealing with negligent security and other personal injury cases. Our knowledge, experience, resources, and personal convictions make us uniquely qualified to handle your premises liability lawsuit.
If you or someone you love have been injured as a result of negligent security, call Beers and Gordon for a free consultation at 407-862-1825.
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