If you have been injured, or a loved one has died, as a result of a criminal attack, the attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help you determine your next legal steps. Our firm offers compassionate and experienced legal guidance to people harmed by a negligent property owner’s actions.
Port St. Lucie Lawyers for Victims Harmed by Third-Party Crimes on Property
Generally, criminals are the only people responsible for the crimes that they commit. However, when these crimes occur in an area known to be dangerous, and on property without adequate measures to account for these dangers, others may also be held accountable. Business owners who are aware of an increased risk of danger in a retail store, hotel, or other property are required to provide reasonable security to protect their patrons. When these owners negligently fail to do so, serious harm can result, just as with a defective property condition that is not addressed. The Port St. Lucie negligent security lawyers at Donaldson & Weston help victims of assaults and other crimes pursue legal action against all of the parties responsible for their harm. Aside from the physical injuries that a victim may suffer, emotional harm may also take a toll. We are dedicated to making sure that our clients receive the support necessary to cope in the aftermath of a crime. If you or a loved one has been victimized due to negligent security on someone else’s property, contact our office today to discuss your legal rights and options.
Accountability for Injuries Caused by Negligent Security
In general, businesses cannot be held responsible for crimes committed by others on their property. There is an exception, however, when crimes are foreseeable, but property owners fail to take adequate security measures to decrease their probability. All property owners have a duty to engage in reasonable measures of security in order to protect people visiting their properties from unlawful activities. Unlike other premises liability cases, such as situations involving a slip and fall due to a spill left unaddressed, the burden of proving negligent security may involve a more detailed analysis of statistics in the area to show whether or not the property owner should have known of the higher risk of danger. In determining whether a property owner has acted negligently in providing security on its premises, courts will consider a multitude of factors, including:
- The frequency and type of criminal activity that has been reported to police in the area.
- A property owner’s, or manager’s, awareness regarding risks associated with current security measures.
- The scale of the potential harm when considering the nature of the crimes reported.
- The effect that the implementation of additional security would have on a property owner and whether or not it would create an undue economic hardship.
When property owners have knowledge that there is a pattern of criminal activity on or close to their property, a negligent security attorney in Port St. Lucie can hold them responsible for harm caused by failing to take reasonable actions in protecting people who visit.
Premises liability can arise from negligent security practices in a variety of ways, which include failing to employ security guards, failing to install proper lighting in dark stairwells or parking lots, and failing to install or adequately maintain security cameras. Victims injured in a preventable assault, theft, or other crime may recover damages for property loss, past and future medical expenses, lost income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.