Is the business owner liable if I was attacked on the store’s premises?
A business owners’ legal duty to provide safe premises for their patrons, renters and guests includes a duty to protect them against harm caused by the criminal acts of third parties when those criminal acts are foreseeable. Criminal acts are foreseeable when their occurrence can reasonably be expected under the circumstances.
When business owners fail to provide adequate security measures, invitees are put at risk for criminal attack. Inadequate security has too often resulted in the injury or death of innocent victims. Adequate security measures can include hiring security guards, installing sufficient lighting, installing security video cameras or “dummy” cameras, keeping bushes and hedges from growing too tall and providing sturdy locks and alarms on doors and windows. The adequacy of the security measures employed may vary depending upon the location and type of business being operated.
Florida negligent security cases often involve violent criminal attacks such as rape, assault and battery, murder, robbery and more recently, terrorism. These cases have been successfully prosecuted by Florida negligent security lawyers against owners and operators of businesses including: shopping centers, banks, bars, hotels, restaurants, schools and universities, airlines, parking lots, condominium and apartment buildings, home owners’ associations, event promoters, night clubs, strip clubs, video arcades, bowling alleys, private security companies, daycare facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings and even cyber premises such as internet chat rooms, web sites and search engines.
If you or a loved one have been injured while on a business’s premises, at the mall, or in a store’s parking lot and believe that your injury could have been prevented by the property owner implementing better security measures, you need an attorney that has experience in dealing with negligent security claims by your side to make sure you receive all the benefits and compensation you are entitled to as a result of your injury. You need experienced and aggressive attorneys like Dan Newlin & Partners to help you get everything to which you may be entitled. Call us at (407) 888-8000 for a free consultation and to have all your questions answered regarding your injury.