You May Have Been A Crime Victim Due To Negligent Security
In certain cases, you can hold a property owner liable for injuries you suffered as a result of crime on the property – even though the owner had no part in organizing or committing the crime. Negligent security cases are ones in which a business owner knows that their location is prone to criminal activity but fails to take adequate security measures to protect business invitees (such as customers) or to warn them of the potential hazard.
These cases are often tragic, resulting in serious injuries (like gunshot wounds) and even death.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a criminal act that was allowed by negligent security, Scott R. Marshall, P.A., can help you pursue justice and compensation. We have over 25 years of experience representing clients in Clearwater and surrounding communities.
How We’ve Helped Other Victims Of Negligent Security
Some legal concepts are easier to understand when supported by examples. Here are brief summaries of two negligent security cases we have handled in the past:
Case No. 1: A plaintiff delivers gas to a gas station. The gas station owner asks for gas to be delivered between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. The gas station has a history of being robbed on multiple prior occasions. In fact, they used to use their own trucks to deliver the gas, but the drivers were robbed too frequently. The gas station hires another company to make deliveries but doesn’t tell them about the history of armed robbery, doesn’t take measures to provide security and doesn’t allow the gas to be delivered during the day. Our client is shot in the head during a robbery while he delivers gas to the gas station. He miraculously survives. The gas station is liable for his damages.
Case No. 2: A fast-food chain has a location in a strip mall. The strip mall has a history of criminal activity, and the fast-food restaurant has been robbed multiple times in the preceding two years. An employee of the fast-food restaurant is shot and killed during an armed robbery. Her estate (our client) brings a claim for wrongful death against the strip mall owner and the fast-food restaurant for failing to take adequate security measures and to warn her of the risk of criminal activity.
Florida law places some limitations on cases such as these; nevertheless, business owners still have a duty to protect their business invitees from the reasonably foreseeable criminal acts of third parties.
Contact Our Firm To Learn How We Can Help You
Scott R. Marshall, P.A., serves clients in Clearwater and surrounding communities. If you’ve been injured because of inadequate security or by any other type of negligence, we can help you understand your legal options in a free initial consultation.