When a person is injured in an assault in a shopping center, resort, hotel or other public area, some may the blame on the perpetrator or society. However, the property owner may have some responsibility.
Under Florida law, property owners are responsible for injuries caused by criminal attack if the risk was foreseeable and could have been prevented by reasonable security measures. This area of law is known as negligent security.
The following are examples of reasonable measures a property owner can take to keep guests safe from criminal attacks:
· Install proper lighting and security cameras in areas where attacks are likely to occur.
· Install working locks with deadbolts on doors and windows of hotels and apartments.
· Hire security guards or ask for increased police patrols.
· Secure keys and access cards to rooms
· Install gates to keep strangers out of guest areas
Predators often exploit missing or inadequate security measure to prey on victims. One example is a 24-ATM with no security lights or a security guard at night. In many cases, simple and inexpensive security measures can protect guests from harm.
If you are injured due to negligent security, you have the right to seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. The law firm of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP represents people in the Miami-Dade area and throughout Florida who have been injured due to negligent security at businesses in the Miami-Dade area or throughout Florida.