Injuries in violent crimes most often are the sole responsibility of the criminal. However, if the crime occurred at a business, the company also could be held liable. If a business fails to have adequate security that may have prevented the crime from happening, it could be classified as negligent.
If you are a customer at a store or a guest at a hotel, you expect you will be safe. Although you cannot predict crime, you trust that reasonable measures were taken to help prevent it. When businesses show a disregard for your safety and you are injured, you could seek compensation.
Being the victim of a crime is stressful. You should not be forced to pay medical bills and suffer lost wages because of a property owner or business. If you have been the victim of a crime at a business that was negligently secure, contact a Melbourne personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter.
James Coulter, the experienced personal injury attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter can fight to get you the compensation you need and negotiate a settlement that is fair to you. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients throughout Brevard County, including Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Islands, Titusville, Cape Canaveral and the surrounding cities. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a case evaluation.
Business owners are obligated to practice reasonable care and provide protection to their customers, guests or tenants. If they know of a potential danger, they are expected to address the problem. Negligent security cases can happen in several different types of businesses and properties, including:
In some situations, you are making yourself more vulnerable to crime, such as when you stay at a hotel. You are making that a temporary home and you have the expectation you will be safe. Hotel owners are required to provide adequate lodging and take reasonable steps to secure the premises.
According to Florida Statute Annotated § 812.173, convenience stores are required to have certain security devices and procedures in place to help prevent crime. The statute defines convenience businesses as a place that primarily sells gasoline and groceries and is open at any point between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Some of the things they are required to have for safety include:
Stores and businesses owe their customers and clients vigilance in protecting them against criminals. Landlords also have a duty to help protect their tenants from crimes. For example, if you live in an apartment with a faulty lock and notify your landlord, he or she should address the potential safety issue.
Some security problems that should be addressed to prevent crime include:
Landowners should be aware if their business is located in a high-crime area. If it is, they should take the necessary steps to help prevent crime on their property, whether that is a more inclusive alarm system or a security guard on duty.
Land and business owners also should be aware of their surroundings, including what businesses are near. They should know how the businesses operate, their level of security and if there is a potential for crime. Lack of knowledge does not excuse a lack of security in these circumstances.
Many criminal acts are unpredictable. Business owners cannot judge how a criminal will act in certain situations or when a crime may be committed. However, they can take steps to prevent it. It is important they know the crime history in the area and provides adequate security.
If you have been the victim of rape, assault, armed robbery, carjacking or any other violent crime and there was not adequate security at the time of your attack, you could receive compensation for the physical and emotional hardship you suffered.
An experienced personal injury attorney can prove the business or property owner was negligent in providing security. For your case, you should know how many guards were on duty, if any, and if there were security cameras. Also, if similar incidents occurred there in the past, the property owners should have taken steps to avoid a repeat attack.
If you have been injured in a crime on private property, contact a skilled Melbourne personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. James Coulter will fight to prove negligence of the property owner to provide security and recover compensation for your suffering. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free consultation.