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Negligent Security

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West Palm Beach Negligent Security Lawyers

We Protect Your Rights When Someone Else Failed to Protect You

When you are out shopping at a store, eating at a restaurant, or even running to your car at a condominium or apartment complex, you should not have to worry about being attacked. Property owners and managers have a duty to provide reasonable security to those who visit or live on their property. And when they fail to perform that duty, innocent people can be seriously hurt.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a lack of security on a property, you need to speak with a knowledgeable premises liability attorney as soon as possible. At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, our skilled lawyers have more than three decades of experience standing up for the rights of those who have been seriously injured due to inadequate security. You can count on our dedicated team to:

Provide a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We will sit down with you to discuss your case in detail and outline a strategy for holding the at-fault party accountable.

Hire a security expert to investigate the property and document incidents of crime that may have taken place in the past. If a pattern of crime arises from inadequate security, then it strengthens your case of negligent security.

Thoroughly document your injuries. We will gather medical records and solicit opinions from specialists to determine how your injuries will affect you into the future. This documentation is essential to determine what full and fair compensation should be in your case.

Pursue maximum compensation from every possible source. As a full-service law firm, our team can help you identify all your options for pursuing compensation, from filing a negligent security claim to applying for Social Security Disability benefits if your injury leaves you unable to work for a long period of time.

In Florida, premises liability laws place the burden on the victims to prove a property owner or manager was negligent in providing adequate security. That’s why you need a highly experienced lawyer for inadequate security cases.

Contact us today to discuss the details of your case and learn how we will fight for justice for you. We are also available to discuss your case in Spanish.

What Is Inadequate Security?

If you were injured during an incident of theft, vandalism, or violent attack, then you may be able to recover compensation through an inadequate security claim. Inadequate security falls under Florida’s premises liability law, which outlines that if a person is injured on someone else’s property, the property owner may be held liable if the following two conditions are applicable:

  • The owner of the property owed the person a duty of care.
  • The owner of the property breached that duty of care.

This means that the property owner did not guard the person sufficiently and that he or she did not respond to imminent risks. However, the line of negligence is very difficult to navigate, and the types of negligent security can sometimes be unclear.

Schedule a free consultation with our experienced South Florida negligent security lawyers to discuss your claim and learn what types of compensation you may be entitled to.

Who Could Be Held Responsible for Not Providing Adequate Security?

Property owners, managers, and landlords are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for residents and visitors. When they fail in that duty and someone is injured as a result, they can be held responsible. Negligent security claims could involve the owners or managers of:

  • Apartment buildings, condominiums, or rental homes
  • Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Entertainment complexes

If you signed a lease on a property, the lease contract will usually have a clause stating that the owner is not liable for theft and crime that happen on the property. Although this is true, it is also required by law for businesses to take necessary measures to protect tenants. Otherwise a case of negligence can be established. If, for example, there is a pattern of crime at a particular property, the business is responsible for implementing security measures to prevent crime from occurring.

Examples of Inadequate Security

Unfortunately, there are many scenarios in which lack of security can lead to a person being the victim of a crime. Some of the common types of inadequate security include:

  • Poor lighting in parking lots, stairs, or hallways
  • Bad locks on doors or windows
  • Malfunctioning alarms or security cameras
  • Poor perimeter protection, such as gaps in fences
  • Security guard negligence
  • Untrained staff
  • Failure to monitor security cameras
  • Failure to respond to emergencies 

If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of inadequate security, you need to speak with a skilled attorney to learn about your options for compensation. The dedicated attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles will review your case for free, and we do not charge any legal fees unless and until we secure compensation for you. Contact us today to learn more.

Our Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation for Negligent Security

Lack of security on a property can leave people vulnerable to all types of crimes. If you are physically injured, you may be facing large medical bills for immediate care and follow-up treatment. You may also be emotionally and psychologically traumatized by the event and need counseling to recover. In addition, you may have suffered property damage, such as if your car was broken into, the windows smashed, and items stolen from inside.

Our compassionate South Florida negligent security attorneys will fight for full and fair compensation to help you recover from this tragic event. The types of compensation we may pursue include:

  • Payment for your medical bills, both now and into the future
  • Lost wages if you miss work and diminished earning capacity if you are no longer able to do the work you did before the incident
  • Damage to your property
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages in cases involving extreme misconduct

If you or a loved one is struggling to cope with serious injuries due to lack of security on someone’s property, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled attorneys.  At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, our dedicated team will review your case for free and outline a smart strategy to pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get started.

Types of Negligent Security Cases

If you were injured by an incident of theft, vandalism, or violent attack then you can be compensated according to Florida premise liability law. Do take note that if you were injured or if you contracted a disease in the workplace, it does not fall under premise liability law. Rather, a workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted.

The first step is to find an experienced accident injury attorney to begin a security review of your case. The attorney will hire a security expert to review the property and any incidents of crime that may have taken place in the past. Findings will be critical. If a pattern of crime arises from inadequate security, then it strengthens your case of negligent security.

Common Cases of Negligent Security

Below are common cases where a property owner is held liable to compensate for injuries incurred on his or her property:

  • Inadequate security. As discussed earlier, a property owner has the responsibility of providing ample security.
  • Inadequate maintenance. If a property owner does not maintain his property, it may pose a safety hazard to the public.
  • Slip and fall. Any slip and fall lawyer will usually cite the example of a wet floor in a shopping mall or a grocery. If you should be injured because the floor was not mopped, the establishment is liable for your injuries.
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