Florida’s tourism industry offers vacationers visions of idyllic resort properties. These owners – often large corporations – have the same responsibility as other property owners to make sure these properties are safely protected and that visitors are not exposed to harmful crimes.
Most Florida resort properties do an adequate job securing their premises and their visitors. But when they do not, and a crime occurs due to their negligence, the property owner can and should be held liable for the injured visitor’s losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crime caused by negligent security at a Florida resort property, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A. We serve clients in Orlando, Winter Park and across the state as well as those from out-of-state.
What is a Resort Property Negligent Security Lawsuit?
To file a successful negligent security claim against a resort property, an injured patron would have to be able to demonstrate that:
The resort property owner had a duty to the patron to provide for their safety while on the premises of the resort
The patron was injured and suffered compensable loss due to a crime committed while on the resort property’s premises
The crime was foreseeable and preventable
The property owner could have prevented the crime through reasonable measures but failed to do so, and
The property owner’s failure allowed the crime and subsequent injury to occur.
Such a lawsuit would seek compensation to pay the injured party for losses due to past and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more, including losses from paid-for lodging, tours and meals that were part of a planned vacation interrupted by the injury.
A premises liability lawsuit after a crime at a resort property might be based on negligence such as a lack of:
Properly working locks on building entrances, room doors or windows
Adequate lighting for dark or secluded walkways, stairs, parking lots and garages
Emergency communication capability from elevators
Operable security cameras
Security guards patrolling the premises on a regular basis
Adequate check-in or registration personnel and procedures to ensure proper identification of visitors
Security training for personnel and/or establishment and practice of emergency security procedures
A proper criminal background check when hiring staff .
Protecting the Rights of Injured Florida Resort Guests
If you have suffered a significant injury or other losses due to an assault, robbery or other crime caused by negligent security while you were the guest of a Florida resort, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for compensation.
It is imperative that you report the crime and injury to the resort’s property management and local law enforcement as soon as possible. If you have been injured, you must obtain medical treatment. Do not be dissuaded by resort staff or management. Reporting the crime and obtaining treatment for injuries is crucial for protecting your rights and your health.
Do not sign any statement about the incident offered by a representative of the resort. You could be signing away your right to file a claim for just compensation. Also, do not accept a settlement without the advice of an experienced premises liability lawyer.
Contact a Resort Property Negligent Security Attorney
Attorney Frank M. Eidson will move quickly to ensure that evidence of the crime you have suffered on a Florida resort property is properly preserved, including internal reports and any available security camera footage. He will work diligently to seek just compensation on your behalf.
If you or your loved one has suffered injury due to a resort property owner’s negligent security, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A., without delay. We can provide a free consultation and help you to understand your rights and the legal options available to you.
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