Violent crimes can be very random as we may not know when or where an attack will take place, but sometimes these crimes are completely preventable.
If a property owner or security company fails to use necessary or basic security measures to ensure public safety then those parties may be considered negligent and a victim of a crime caused by their negligence may be due compensation. These types of lawsuits are called Inadequate Security Cases. Here are some examples:
- Previous attacks have taken place on a property, but the property owner has taken no measures to prevent future attacks or make the premises safer or no security on the property when the owner is aware of the risk of attacks
- Properties that are not well lit or where the lighting is damaged
- Doors, gates or entryways that are not secured or functioning
- Security guards that do not patrol the property as they’re supposed to or guards who are not trained or improperly trained
Florida law requires businesses and property owners to provide safe locations for their visitors and customers. Business and property owners who fail to comply with these laws may face civil action for negligent security. While there is no requirement to protect against crimes that are committed by third parties, there is a requirement to protect against criminal acts that an owner could’ve reasonably prevented. Depending on the situation, the person who committed the crime might not be the only responsible party in instances of criminal assault, sexual assault, robberies, attacks with a weapon or other violent crimes.
Violent Crime Aren’t The Only Crimes That Cause Loss
Any crime that caused personal injury or loss may be the basis for a civil lawsuit whether that case is filed against the actual perpetrator or a responsible third-party. Negligent Hiring cases, for example, are personal injury cases that involve a person who was employed in a job that allowed them to come into contact with another person to which the employed person caused injury. A cable installer who wasn’t properly screened prior to employment, has a criminal history, was given access to a private residence as part of his or her employment and then committed a crime against the home owner is a good example of where a negligent hiring case might be filed. The installer’s employer may be held responsible for hiring someone with a criminal background and, therefore, putting their customers at risk.
Hire An Experienced Attorney For Your Criminal Victim Case
Michael Herron is an experienced attorney who has helped victims of crimes recover the compensation they were owed. Being the victim of a crime is a horrible experience and is even more upsetting when measures could’ve been taken to prevent it. Compensation can help with lost wages, bills and medical expenses that you or a loved one incurred from being the victim of a criminal attack. Contact the Law Office of Michael R. Herron today for a free case review.