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Property owners have an obligation to make their premises safe, especially when they are frequently used and traversed by the public. In many instances, this goes beyond protecting people against a slip-and-fall accident: It involves ensuring adequate security measures are in place to prevent criminal attacks from occurring on the property.
Injur claims stemming from insufficient security fall under the broad spectrum of premises liability lawsuits. For assistance with your claim in the Orlando area, contact an experienced dangerous premises lawyer at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter by calling (855) 880-4741 today.
Adequate Security Measures
By law, criminal attacks are considered “foreseeable events” when they can be reasonably expected to occur under the circumstances. For example, the owners of apartment complexes should take steps to discourage criminal activity by:
- Hiring security personnel
- Installing sufficient lighting
- Installing security cameras or “dummy” cameras
- Preventing hedges and bushes from growing too tall
- Providing tenants with sturdy locks and alarms on windows and doors
- Failure to warn tenants and patrons of recurring crime
The location of any given business or property will determine the extent of the security measures needed and employed.
Criminal Attacks Caused by Inadequate Security
When an owner fails to take important precautions in preserving a property’s safety and someone is injured or killed as a result, the owner can be held responsible in a premises liability case. Negligent security cases in Florida have been successfully prosecuted against a wide range of property owners and businesses, including:
- Shopping malls
- Bars and restaurants
- Schools and universities
- Parking lots
- Apartment and condominium rentals
Even a minor lapse in security – like a few lights that have burned out in a parking lot – can have devastating consequences. Inadequate security cases usually involve violent criminal attacks, such as:
- Assault and battery
The attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter have years of experience protecting the rights of victims who have been injured in criminal attacks on unsafe premises. We understand the emotional and physical trauma that can come with being assaulted on a property you trusted to be safe. Physical injuries will heal with time, but the emotional fallout can remain for years to come.
Our firm is here to provide the compassionate support you need to navigate both the criminal justice process and your inadequate security case. Please call (855) 880-4741 or complete the online form on this page to arrange a free, confidential consultation.