Fort Lauderdale Negligent Security Lawyer
When most people think about hiring a personal injury attorney, it is because of an incident like a car accident or getting hurt from a defective product. However, not many think of hiring a personal injury attorney after getting injured by negligent security. If you or a loved one was injured by a third party on someone else’s property you may be entitled to damages, and at Leifer & Ramirez our Fort Lauderdale negligent security lawyers are here to help.
What is Negligent Security?
Negligent security is a form of premises liability that occurs when a property owner fails to protect guests from attacks by third parties. Negligent security can take many forms, but most often it involves a failure in adequate security measures. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Proper lighting around the property
- Security systems
- Properly maintained locks
- Adequate surveillance systems
- Security guards
While private property owners can be held liable for negligent security at their home, owners of parking lots, malls, restaurants, bars, airports, hospitals, schools, hotels, gas stations, office buildings, and anywhere else a person might visit can also be held liable for a lack of proper security on their property.
Elements of Negligent Security
Under Florida law, a victim claiming negligent security must prove the following elements in a lawsuit. First, that a property owner owed you a duty to provide proper security as a visitor on their property. Second, that the property owner breached that duty through negligent security measures. Third, that as a direct result of the negligent security measures, you were harmed. Fourth, that actual harm was suffered, which could include property damage, physical injury, or emotional distress.
An experienced personal injury attorney is your best chance of proving a negligent security case in court. They understand all elements of a negligent security case and can defend your claims against the insurers. If they are not reasonable with a settlement, a personal injury attorney can take your case to court.
Compensation for Negligent Security
If you have been injured as a result of negligent security, you might have a case for damages. Compensation for personal injury in a negligent security case can include economic and non-economic damages, which can include the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Property damage or loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases where negligent security on a property led to the death of a loved one, the family can also file a claim for wrongful death. This includes compensation for funeral costs and the loss of love, security, companionship, and consortium.
Contact Leifer & Ramirez Now
If a property owner’s negligent security caused you harm they should be held responsible for the damages. At Leifer & Ramirez in Fort Lauderdale, our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to help you today. Call or contact our office now to schedule a free consultation of your negligent security case.