Have you been assaulted, mugged or robbed while at a Florida hotel, apartment complex or other commercial business? Any violent attack can leave you emotionally traumatized as well as physically injured and struggling to cope with your injuries. You may have post-traumatic stress disorder, be unable to work and facing unexpected medical bills. You may be entitled to seek compensation from the commercial property owner or manager for failing to provide adequate security. You should talk with a knowledgeable North Tampa negligent security lawyer who will meet with you free of charge and provide trusted guidance.
The attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek compensation for your injuries if you were a victim of a crime caused by a property owner’s failure to provide adequate security. Our North Tampa FL premises liability attorneys have decades of experience representing personal injury victims. One of the practice areas our firm focuses on is cases involving negligent security. If you believe that a property owners’ failure to provide adequate security caused you or your loved one to be harmed by criminals, please call a premise liability attorney for help. We take a personalized approach to each case we handle. We will take the time to answer your questions, and together we will figure out whether you have a case.
Assault — Can I Sue a Business for Negligent Security?
Commercial property owners in Florida have a legal responsibility to maintain property in reasonably safe condition to guard against foreseeable crimes. That includes providing adequate lighting, replacing broken windows and doors, installing proper locks, controlling access to keys, having security personnel when appropriate and having adequate overnight security in convenience stores to guard against preventable crimes.
Florida commercial property owners are not always liable when a crime occurs on their premises. Each negligent security case depends on the specific facts of the crime, whether it was foreseeable and the relationship of the crime victim to the property owner such as customer and business owner.
Our experienced North Tampa premises liability lawyers can review the details of your injury during a free consultation, answer your questions and explain your legal options. That will allow you to make a well-informed decision about how to move forward. Filing a negligent security lawsuit may focus needed attention on a serious security issue in a high crime area and prevent others from being victims of crime.
How Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help?
Premises liability is a complex area of Florida law. Our experienced attorneys will investigate how your injury occurred and determine whether the property owner or business had a legal duty to provide for your safety. For example, were you a guest staying at a hotel or a renter at an apartment complex? Commercial businesses have a responsibility to check for any unsafe conditions and fix them, or provide adequate warning of the hazards if they cannot be fixed promptly.
You should report the incident to the business owner or property manager and seek prompt medical attention for your injuries.
Previous criminal activity at a property can be an important consideration in a negligent security claim. Our legal team will investigate to determine whether similar violent crimes have been reported to police or to business management at or near the same location. If we find reports of other muggings, rapes, assaults or other crimes, that underscores that the commercial property owner should have been aware of the lack of security and the need to take more measures to enhance security to protect visitors.
Our attorneys will gather evidence to show that the property owners failed to take adequate security measures that would have prevented the crime. We will move promptly to document the scene of the crime before the property owner makes repairs.
Through a premises liability lawsuit, you may recover compensation for your medical bills including treatment for post-traumatic stress, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity if your injuries limit your ability to return to work. You may also seek compensation for non-economic damages for pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one as a result of the crime caused by inadequate security, you and your family members may recover compensation for the victim’s medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and more.
Florida requires that you file a personal injury lawsuit within four years of a crime. You have two years to file a wrongful death claim based on a family member’s death.