Negligent Security Lawyer
Everyone should feel safe in their surroundings. But all too often, property owners risk your safety to save money.
When you visit a store, movie theater, gas station, or other establishment, you don’t expect to have to fear for your safety.
Property owners have an obligation to prevent foreseeable risks so that their customers stay safe. Yet every day, the lives of unsuspecting victims are dramatically changed by incidents such as assaults, robbery, rape, shooting, and other forms of violence.
Premises liability goes beyond sturdy shelving and “Caution: Wet Floor” signs. You should also be protected from the dangers posed by inadequate security measures in unsafe areas.
If you have been injured by a third-party as a result of negligent security, Beers & Gordon can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Every negligent security lawsuit is based on the concept of foreseeability, namely: “Should the property owner have foreseen the possibility of the risk, and could they have taken any reasonable security measures to prevent it?”
Someone who opens a jewelry store in a high crime area, for instance, should have an awareness of the risks that come along with their chosen industry and location. They should therefore take the necessary security measures to prevent such crimes from occurring.
A well-lit parking lot, properly trained security guards, a high-tech camera connected to a security system…these are all potential ways to decrease the danger posed to customers.
If a business doesn’t take these precautions and someone is injured as a result, the property owner can (and should) be held accountable.
While preventing crime isn’t an exact science, foreseeing it should be. And taking reasonable steps to attempt to prevent it should be done.
The owner of the property has a duty to protect each and every visitor through whatever methods are in their control. If a property owner has inadequate security in place, they are putting you at risk.
Examples of inadequate security are:
- Inadequate lighting
- No or improperly trained security guards
- Lack of functioning security cameras
- Improper security devices (such as locks or gates)
While you have a responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself, the burden of safety does not fall solely on your shoulders—especially when property owners are on notice of the potential issues on the property or in the surrounding community.
Whether you are shopping, going to the movies, walking home to your dorm room, or pumping gas, it is only right that the owner of that property take steps to keep you, their patron, safe.
Safety Over Savings
Similar to Premises Liability, all property owners in Florida have an ongoing responsibility to maintain and secure their properties to ensure the safety of their visitors.
But from time to time, heightened security measures may be required.
If an assault, rape, burglary, shooting, or another violent crime were to take place on (or even near) the property, the owners have an obligation to heighten their security to ensure that every door locks, every window is sealed, and all security systems are in place.
Unfortunately, many property owners are content with having little to no security in the interests of saving money…but it is their customers that pay the price.
At Beers & Gordon, we believe that your safety and security should come first.
It Can Happen Anywhere
Negligent security cases don’t only apply to incidents at retail establishments.
You may have a valid negligent security claim even if you were the victim of a violent crime at a hotel, apartment building, assisted living facility, college campus, or even a private residence.
The things you must prove for a negligent security lawsuit are:
- The victim was not trespassing when the crime occurred,
- The property owner was aware of the risk to others,
- The property owner failed to enact reasonable security measures in a timely manner, and
- The crime would not have occurred if there were sufficient security measures in place.
Standing Up For You
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, you are likely dealing with a slew of medical bills, pain, lost wages, and emotional turmoil. In short, you have enough on your plate without having to fight your own legal battles.
In most cases, it is not only the presence of a negligent security lawyer, but the quality of the lawyer that makes a difference.
David Beers and Jim Gordon have nearly 70 years of combined experience dealing with negligent security and other personal injury cases. Our knowledge, experience, resources, and personal convictions make us uniquely qualified to handle your premises liability lawsuit.
If you or someone you love have been injured as a result of negligent security, call Beers and Gordon for a free consultation at 407-862-1825.