Deerfield Beach Negligent Security Lawyer
In Florida, the owners and occupiers of property have a duty to keep visitors safe. One aspect of this duty is to provide reasonable security to protect people from harm. If a property owner fails in this duty, they can be held liable for any injuries that happen as a result of negligent security. The Deerfield Beach negligent security lawyers at Leifer Law Firm have years of experience protecting clients injured because of negligent security and has a successful record of getting clients the compensation they are owed.
What is Negligent Security
Negligent security on Florida property can take many forms, and it applies to commercial and residential, public and private property. Inadequate lighting, broken locks, or a lack of security cameras all qualify as negligent security. In addition, third parties can be held liable for negligent security if a property owner hired them to provide security for the premises and they fail to do so. Common examples of third party security providers include security guards, doormen, and bouncers.
Florida Premises Liability Law
Under Florida law, negligent security falls under premises liability law and the doctrine of negligence. In order to bring a lawsuit for injuries suffered as a result of negligent security, a person must prove the following:
- The property owner or occupier had a duty to provide reasonable security to protect visitors on the premises
- The owner breached that duty by failing to provide basic security
- As a direct or proximate cause of the lack of basic security, a person suffered harm
Common examples of harm suffered as a result of negligent security include being mugged, assaulted, sexually assaulted, or killed. Personal property being stolen or damaged can also be compensated because of negligent security.
Florida law stipulates that a person injured by negligent security has four years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit for damages. After four years, the lawsuit is barred by the statute of limitations and will most likely be thrown out in court. Having an experienced premises liability attorney by your side can ensure you navigate all legal procedures successfully and get the compensation you are owed following an incident on another person’s property.
Compensation for Negligent Security
When negligent security causes serious injury to a visitor, that person is entitled to collect damages for the harm. This is especially important when the injuries are caused by a violent crime and can be severe. A person injured because of negligent security is able to collect damages from the owner or occupier of the premises as well as any third party hired to protect the property.
Compensation for harm caused by negligent security includes economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages encompass any property loss or damage, out of pocket medical costs, and lost wages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress or PTSD, disfigurement, disability, loss in earning capacity, or wrongful death.
Our Office Can Help
If you or someone you know has been injured because of negligent security on another person’s property in Deerfield Beach, you need the skilled premises liability lawyers at the Leifer Law Firm. Contact our office or call us today to schedule a free review of your case.