Florida property owners have a duty to take reasonable security measures and ensure visitors are safe from reasonably foreseeable crimes, including assaults and robberies.
Victims of such crimes at resort properties, amusement parks, apartment or condominium complexes or other public places may seek compensation for their losses if the property owner’s negligent security led to them suffering harm.
The law office of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., protects the rights of those in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout Florida who have suffered injury or lost a loved one due to a property owner’s negligent security. To learn how we can assist you, call us today or reach us online. We can provide a free consultation.
Property Owners Must Secure Their Premises
According to recent data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s “crime clock,” the following crimes occur within our state:
Violent crime, Every 6 minutes
Property Crime, Every 52 seconds
Murder, Every 9 hours, 3 seconds
Forcible rape, Every 1 hour, 18 minutes
Forcible sex offense, Every 53 minutes
Aggravated assault, Every 9 minutes
Robbery, Every 22 minutes
Burglary, Every 3 minutes
Larceny (theft), Every single minute of the day.
Property owners, especially those that solicit paying customers, have a legal obligation to ensure that visitors to their properties are reasonably safe from foreseeable crimes or to adequately warn them of crime hazards on the property. The responsibility extends through the property owner to landlords and property or business managers and staff.
A property owner or manager may be liable for an injury that was caused by a crime on their property if it is established that:
The owner/operator had a duty to the injured party
The crime was foreseeable and preventable
The property owner had an opportunity to correct the problem but failed to do anything about it.
The victim suffered harm as a result.
Examples of Negligent Security
Negligent security could be a failure to provide and maintain security measures such as:
Working locks on doors and windows
Keycards or similar requirements for opening exterior doors
Adequate lighting for stairways, walkways, parking lots and garages
Security cameras or security guards
Check-in procedures at front desks
Background checks on staff (so that dangerous, convicted criminals are not allowed easy access to victims).
Victims of crime caused by negligent security at commercial or public places may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills and other losses caused by a criminal assault or robbery, including lost income and pain and suffering.
Crime victims must promptly report the incident to management on duty at the property and to the police. It is also important to contact a lawyer who can take action on your behalf to ensure important evidence is not lost or destroyed.
Contact an Orlando Negligent Security Attorney
If you have been injured or suffered other substantial loss because of a crime that occurred at a hotel, motel, condo, resort property, amusement park or other business in Orlando or elsewhere in Florida, you may be eligible to obtain compensation if negligent security allowed the crime to happen.
Contact Frank M. Eidson, today to discuss your case in a free legal consultation. We will work quickly and diligently to pursue just compensation for you.
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