Being the victim of a violent assault is a terrifying experience. While the criminal justice system exists to catch and punish the perpetrators, victims often feel let down by the outcome. While the criminal justice system often fails victims, the civil justice system may provide an answer.
At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP, in Miami, our lawyers have been successful in filing personal injury lawsuits against negligent property owners in South and Central Florida where crimes occurred. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe. This legal duty applies to known dangerous conditions that make criminal assaults more likely. If you’ve been a victim of assault, call 305-371-2692 or 800-610-9491 to discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm. You may be entitled to compensation.
Assault Injuries And Negligent Security
Predators sometimes exploit a lack of security guards or cameras, inadequate lighting, duplicated keys or other unsafe conditions to prey upon their victims. Our lawyers have obtained significant results from apartments, hotels and cruise ships for injuries caused by negligent security.
To prove liability in a negligent security case, our attorneys must show that the crime was foreseeable and would have been prevented by reasonable security measures. We analyze crime statistics to demonstrate that it occurred in a high-crime area, or that previous attacks had been reported on the premises.
When renting an apartment, people expect security measures to be in place, especially if owners know crimes have occurred before. Victims of apartment building attacks may have a liability case when owners fail to take preventative measures, such as installing security gates, cameras and guards.
Examples Of Civil Lawsuits After Criminal Assaults
Here are some examples of negligent security:
- A 24-hour ATM machine with inadequate security is the frequent location of armed robberies and assaults. After several robberies, the ATM owner still refuses to add security lighting, hire a security guard, close the ATM after dark, or otherwise make the ATM machine safer for users. A legal argument may be made that the ATM owner failed in his legal duty to keep the property safe from known dangers. Due to his negligence, the property owner may be legally required to pay compensation to future assault victims.
- An apartment complex located in a neighborhood with a statistically high crime rate refuses to add security cameras, gates or security lighting to the parking lot or hallways, despite the occurrence of several violent assaults. If additional assaults occur, the apartment complex owner may be held legally responsible for failing to make the property safe from known dangerous conditions.
Florida Crime Victim Compensation Fund
As the victim of a violent crime, you may have the option of seeking compensation from the Florida Crime Victim Compensation Fund. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and offer information about your legal options.
To make a confidential consultation, call 305-371-2692, 800-610-9491 or send us an email.