Tampa Negligent Security
Property owners have a duty to keep visitors safe. When someone suffers injuries on another person’s property, it is possible that multiple parties could be liable, including property owners, managers, lessees, or a security firm. Under the law of negligent security, if a lack of security leads to your injuries, the liable parties can be sued for negligence. Crimes that can occur due to a lack of security include assault, battery, armed robberies, mass shootings, and murder.
Negligent security can be a serious situation. If you have been injured by negligent security, the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can help bring about justice and compensation.
Where Does Negligent Security Happen?
Negligent security can be a problem at various commercial buildings, including the following:
- Apartment buildings
- Shopping centers
- Gas stations
- Parks and playgrounds
- Parking garages and parking lots
Liability and Duty
Business and property owners need to provide adequate security so that a person does not suffer injuries or death on their premises. Property owners have the duty to keep those who legally enter their property reasonably safe.
To prove a negligent security case, the victim must be able to prove that:
The property owner has a duty of care. If the person was invited onto the property or was a customer, then the property owner has a duty. This duty includes providing basic security measures such as adequate lighting.
The injuries were caused by negligent security. A successful claim involves proving that negligent security caused the victim’s damages, which may include injuries, property damage, medical bills, and lost wages. The negligent security must have caused correlating damages.
The crime was foreseeable. You must prove that the property owner should have been able to foresee the crime. This can be tricky to prove without a crystal ball, though, so contact a lawyer to help you gather the appropriate evidence. To prove foreseeability, you may want to consider evidence such as proof of previous crimes either at the premises or in the area. Your lawyer can consult with local law enforcement to determine whether there have been previous crimes in the neighborhood.
Examples of Negligent Security
Each property requires a different type of security, so there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. However, negligent security can come about in different forms, including the following:
- No security cameras
- Malfunctioning camera equipment
- Lack of security guards
- Untrained security guards
- No alarm system
- Malfunctioning alarms
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken fences or gates
- Doors that cannot be locked
Contact Us Today
You have a right to safety when on someone else’s property. Any type of negligence that leads to injuries can result in a lawsuit.
Count on the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson for the right legal help. We’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve for all your damages. Schedule a consultation with our office today. Fill out the online form or call 813-251-0072.