Compensation for Negligent Security Claims
Negligent security is defined as a failure to provide reasonable security measures to protect people from foreseeable risks of harm. In other words, it is the legal responsibility of a property owner or manager to take steps to protect visitors from reasonably foreseeable dangers. If they fail to do so and someone is injured due to a violent crime, they may be liable in a civil claim. Crimes frequently associated with negligent security claims are assault and battery, sexual assault, robbery, home invasion, and carjacking.
At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, we represent clients and their families throughout Central Florida who suffer injuries or wrongful death because of negligent security. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of each case, gathering information to support our client’s claims for damages. Attorney Kathleen Davies has over thirty-five years of experience in civil and criminal law. As a former prosecutor, she has a strong courtroom presence. As a civil litigator, she is known for being very protective of her clients.
Common Locations for Negligent Security are:
- Parking Lots and Garages
- Public Parks
- Schools and Universities
- Shopping Center
- Apartment Buildings
- Amusement Parks
- Entertainment Venues
- Office Buildings
- Residential Properties
Who is Responsible?
Under Florida’s premises liability law, property owners, managers, landlords, tenants, and state or local municipalities may be liable for violent acts on their properties. In some cases, a security company may be responsible if they are negligent in their duties to protect others. Guests and visitors are at higher risk of violent crimes if there is poor lighting, broken doors, missing locks, improperly trained staff, open gates, or broken windows. In areas with repeat criminal activity, the at-fault party may fail to provide security cameras or an adequate security presence.
Types of Injuries
Negligent security victims suffer debilitating physical and psychological harm. Common physical injuries are traumatic brain injuries, contusions, fractures, internal injuries, disfigurement, sexually transmitted diseases, lacerations, lost limbs, gunshot wounds, and wrongful death. In addition, psychological trauma may cause life-long disability due to insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The Value of Your Claim
Negligent security is a premises liability claim, as it is injuries or wrongful death sustained on someone else’s property. At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, we aggressively negotiate with the defendant or their insurance carrier for the total value of the plaintiff’s damages. Our legal team understands how insurance carriers approach these cases and their tactics to deny, delay or devalue settlements. We work closely with medical experts that can testify on your behalf to give valuable insight into your injuries and trauma.
Factors that determine the valuation of your claim are; the severity of the injuries you have suffered, the cost of treatment necessary for recovery, whether you have lost wages due to the incident, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In cases of wrongful death, families are entitled to additional compensation for funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of inheritance, and more.
Statute of Limitations
It is critical to contact legal counsel immediately after an attack to begin an investigation and file a personal injury claim. In Florida, the Statute of Limitations is four years from the date of the injuries to bring a negligent security claim forward. Once the deadline has passed, the victim is barred from filing a case and receiving compensation for damages.
A Client-Centered Approach to Protecting Your Rights
When Attorney Kathleen Davies meets with clients, she listens attentively, as she wants to understand how the harm and damages have affected their lives. Our legal team works hard to identify all the potentially liable parties, and we often name more than one defendant, including the perpetrator of the crime. In this way, we increase the likelihood of obtaining maximum compensation.
Contact The Davies Law Firm, LLC, at 855-688-4713 to schedule a Free Consultation to learn more about how we can help you. Let us focus on your legal case while you focus on your recovery. If you have lost a family member due to negligent security, monetary compensation cannot compensate for your loss. However, it can provide financial stability during the initial shock of grief and loss. Our office is located in Cocoa, Florida, and we represent clients in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.