Inadequate security cases involve situations in which someone fails to take proper precautions to ensure the security of others, which in turn leads to some loss or injury to another. Under Florida law, we are all required to act reasonably and not negligently or recklessly in going about our lives; failure to take due care can result in liability if someone is injured or suffers a loss as a result of our actions or inactions. Inadequate security liability usually arises in the context of a business’ failure to provide a safe environment for its patrons and the general public. For example, if you own a business and there have been known thefts and crime in the area of your store, and you fail to hire a security guard, you may be liable if a customer of yours is mugged at your business.
Legally, inadequate security litigation is an interesting concept. It allows an injured party to sue and potentially recover money from someone other than the person who actually and physical injured the plaintiff. Florida law recognizes that the perpetrator of the crime may not be the only person who is at fault for the occurrence of the crime, and seeks to hold others accountable if their actions contributed to the injury suffered by the plaintiff. South Florida Courts have recognized the responsibility of schools, hospitals and all sorts of other commercial establishments to take precautions to ensure that others are not injured by the foreseeable actions of third parties on their property.
If you have been the victim of a crime an experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options based on the facts of your case. In most instances, victims of crime will have the ability to sue the perpetrator of the crime, but knowing if and when others may be also legally responsible, can help a victim maximize their award and ensure that he or she is fully compensated for the trauma of victimization. If you are a business owner, you need to consider the safety of customers and other visitors when they are in or around your store or business in order to avoid potential liability.
At the Law Office of Robert N. Pelier, P.A. we take pride in serving our local South Florida community and providing experienced, and knowledgeable legal services. We have decades of experience civil cases of all kinds, including breach of contract, medical malpractice, insurance disputes, business disputes, personal injury, crime victim advocacy and much more. Our experience helping and advocating for our clients in South Florida can help you.