Crime can impact any of us. With the constant rise in population in the Tampa Bay Area, commercial areas such as shopping malls, venues, restaurants, and parking lots are becoming crowded. The owners of these businesses and properties have a duty to keep guests reasonably safe from harm. The owners must take precautions to ensure invitees are not at an unreasonable risk of becoming victim to a criminal attack by a third party.
Can I Hold Property Owner Responsible if I was Attacked?
Of course, the attacker is the one at fault. So why should you pursue claims against the property owner if you have been attacked?
First of all, it is much easier to locate the owner of the property than a stranger who committed a crime.
Secondly, the owner is also likely to have insurance that covers the property, making it more likely that you’ll be able to recover damages for your injuries, especially if you believe that your injuries occurred due to the property owner’s negligence.
Finally, property owners have a duty of care to keep their properties safe so that dangerous crimes do not happen there, or the likelihood of them happening is greatly reduced. Because of this, you can hold a property owner responsible if their negligence caused your injury.
Types of Hazards on Business Properties
Inadequate security can vary depending on the type of business, but some examples could be:
- Lack of security guards
- Broken, misplaced, or too few security cameras
- Broken locks
- Security doors that do not close all the way
- Secure elevators that do not work
- Dim or nonexistent lighting in parking lots or stairwells
- Lack of parking lot surveillance
- Failing to require background checks of employees
- Poor maintenance policies
Owners of nightclubs and bars are aware that altercations and crime tend to occur at these places. These and other establishments have a duty to ensure adequate security, especially for events that bring in a high volume of customers, and those in higher-crime areas.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the steps that must be taken to determine liability. There will likely be an investigation of the entire accident and all factors involved to determine if the property owner was negligent.
Your attorney will take into account factors such as:
• Security (or lack of)
• Checking crime patterns in the area
• The third party who committed the crime
• Property owners
Our attorneys at Jones Law Group can help you navigate complicated situations such as these, so you can focus on recovery.
Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to negligent security? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today.
When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with their contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. You can also contact us online right now. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.