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After an attack, property owners may be liable for damages

This time of year, people all across Florida are heading out to the mall for some last-minute shopping, staying in hotels while traveling, meeting friends at restaurants or bars and attending holiday parties at other people’s homes.

Unfortunately, violent assaults inside or outside hotels, restaurants, stores and apartment buildings are not uncommon during the holidays. People are stressed, distracted, visiting new places and may not be as vigilant about safety as they usually are. However, the owners of these properties have a year-round duty to put appropriate security measures in place to prevent attacks.

If you or a loved one is attacked and hurt on someone else’s property, it can be crucial that you explore your legal options. In situations where there was inadequate or negligent security on the premises where an assault occurred, victims and their families may be able to seek damages from the owner of the property.

Of course it will be important that the perpetrator be caught and face criminal charges, but this may not help you cope with the financial and emotional aftermath of your attack.

Victims of an assault often have to deal with medical expenses and may not be able to work as a result of their injuries. They can suffer from emotional trauma and long-term psychological damage; family members may be left to cope with the loss of a loved one if an attack is fatal. These consequences should not be taken lightly.

The attorneys at our firm are prepared to discuss your legal options with you if you have been the victim of an attack due to a lack of reasonable security measures. We know that we cannot undo the upsetting event, but we discuss with you your options to pursue the damages and accountability you may deserve.

For more information on claims stemming from negligent security in Florida and how to contact us to discuss your case, please visit our website.