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Proving Your Negligent Security Claim in Fort Lauderdale

Proving a negligent security claim may take investigating the history of a property, reviewing past crimes that have occurred there, and hiring experts to testify on how a “reasonable and prudent” property owner would have secured the area in a similar situation. If your claim succeeds, the property owner or his/her insurance company will have to pay your settlement or judgment award. A successful suit could result in reimbursement for your:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages for missed time at work
  • Lost or stolen property
  • Psychological trauma

The Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. works hard to secure the money our clients need to get back on their feet after assaults or robberies in Fort Lauderdale. We can hire investigators to look into the incident, take care of the insurance claim on your behalf, negotiate for a fair settlement, take a premises liability claim to court if necessary, and file a claim against the criminal if police find who attacked or injured you. We take the pursuit of recovery seriously and know how to use all available legal outlets to our clients’ best advantage. Contact us today for more information about your claim.

After becoming the victim of a violent attack or robbery in Fort Lauderdale, you probably have one person in your sights for retribution – the criminal. Did you know, however, that you might also be able to hold the property owner accountable? The legal doctrine of negligent security refers to a property owner’s duty to incorporate adequate security features according to the foreseeable risk of criminal activity on the premises. Failure to ensure the adequate security of a hotel, parking lot, gas station, shopping mall, or other premises, resulting in visitor injury, is negligence.

Elements of a Negligent Security Lawsuit

Negligent security lawsuits fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. This legal concept comes into play when a dangerous or defective condition on someone’s property causes harm to someone else. To win a premises liability claim, the plaintiff must show a few main elements. These elements remain generally the same when it comes to negligent security claims in Florida. They are as follows:

  1. First, identify the proper defendant. The defendant is the party in charge of the premises’ safety and security at the time of the accident. Make sure the party you’re trying to sue was, in fact, the one who owned, possessed, or lived in the property at the time of the incident.
  2. The owner of the property owed you a duty of care. Unless you were trespassing on private property at the time of the incident, the property owner owed you certain duties of care. One such duty might have been to install floodlights, security cameras, locks, an alarm system, a security guard, gates, or other security measures to prevent foreseeable risks of harm.
  3. The property owner neglected his/her duty of care. The victim must prove the defendant should have known the incident could have occurred yet failed to take proper care to ensure the safety of visitors. If a property owner didn’t conduct the research necessary to find out if security measures were necessary, he or she is also guilty of negligence.
  4. You suffered harms because of the property owner’s breach of duty. The property owner’s negligence must have caused or contributed to the attack, and you must have suffered damages. Damages can include physical injury, loss of property, and emotional or psychological suffering.

As the victim of an attack, assault, or robbery in Fort Lauderdale, contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. for a free legal consultation. We can help you fight for compensation from the criminal assailant if he or she is in police custody, but you may also have grounds to bring a premises liability claim against the owner of the property for negligent security. A premises liability claim could help you receive more money for your claim that a claim against the offender alone. Call (954) 568-3636 to talk to one of our Fort Lauderdale negligent security attorneys for free.

How Do Negligent Security and Premises Liability Tie Together?

All landowners owe certain duties of care to anyone who enters the property. Even trespassers, if they are under the age of 18, deserve certain standards of care in the state of Florida. One such duty to property visitors is providing adequate security. “Adequate security” can mean many different things depending on the location of the property, its criminal history, and what a reasonable landowner would do in similar circumstances. The following could be steps an owner would need to take to reasonably prevent crimes from occurring on a property:

  • Posting security guards
  • Installing floodlights or motion-activated lights
  • Setting up security cameras
  • Putting adequate locks on windows and doors
  • Posting signs such as, “Register Contains No More than $50”

What is “reasonable” depends on the foreseeability of crime? If, for example, an apartment complex is in a crime-heavy neighborhood with a history of crime on the premises, it is up to the proprietor to take steps to prevent foreseeable crimes. If the steps the owner takes don’t work to prevent a crime, the courts will not hold the owner liable. When the landowner negligently fails to review a property’s history and prevent crimes, however, he or she may have to pay for the victim’s damages.

Call (954) 568-3636 for a Free Premises Liability Claim Evaluation

Need help with a negligent security claim against a Fort Lauderdale property owner? Come to David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A.. We are incredibly responsive, communicative, passionate, and results-driven. Our team of premises liability attorneys can give your claim its best chance in the local civil courts. Call (954) 568-3636 or visit our website for your free initial case evaluation.

At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A., we have years of experience with these types of premises liability claims. We’ve helped victims pursue damages from Fort Lauderdale businesses, colleges, homeowners, and other property owners after security-related incidents that led to victim injury, property loss or damage, emotional distress, or post-traumatic stress disorder. We might be able to help you, too. Reach out to our local team, and one of our lawyers will meet with you to discuss your potential lawsuit for free.