Negligent Security and Premises Liability

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Whenever a criminal act occurs on business or private property, negligent security may be an issue. Property owners owe a duty of care to all persons who come onto their property for any reason. If landowners do not take the proper precautions to protect their visitors, crime victims may have a cause of action against them.

The law regarding premises liability has evolved over the years to better protect crime victims. There was a time when crimes were rare and random, and landowners had little control over what happened on their property. Now, property owners are in a much better position to protect their guests. At the same time, crime has escalated to the point where there are a significant number of crime victims who go uncompensated for their losses. These two factors have helped shape modern negligent security/premises liability law.

A negligent security action may arise in any of the following situations:

  • A man is robbed in a dark apartment complex parking lot; there is no security fence, surveillance equipment or roving guard
  • A woman is assaulted in a hotel hallway; the alleged perpetrator gained access to the building because the back door’s security lock was not working
  • A fan at a sports stadium is assaulted by a group of intoxicated people; there was no security guard near the exits to deter such activity

Damages in a negligent security action may include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and loss of consortium (loss of companionship).

If you were a crime victim in a private place, and there was nothing to help prevent the crime or there was no one to help, contact aggressive Fort Lauderdale attorneys.

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Whenever a criminal act occurs on business or private property, negligent security may be an issue. Property owners owe a duty of care to all persons who come onto their property for any reason. If landowners do not take the proper precautions to protect their visitors, crime victims may have a cause of action against them.

The law regarding premises liability has evolved over the years to better protect crime victims. There was a time when crimes were rare and random, and landowners had little control over what happened on their property. Now, property owners are in a much better position to protect their guests. At the same time, crime has escalated to the point where there are a significant number of crime victims who go uncompensated for their losses. These two factors have helped shape modern negligent security/premises liability law.

A negligent security action may arise in any of the following situations:

  • A man is robbed in a dark apartment complex parking lot; there is no security fence, surveillance equipment or roving guard
  • A woman is assaulted in a hotel hallway; the alleged perpetrator gained access to the building because the back door’s security lock was not working
  • A fan at a sports stadium is assaulted by a group of intoxicated people; there was no security guard near the exits to deter such activity

Damages in a negligent security action may include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and loss of consortium (loss of companionship).

Topics:  Negligence, Premises Liability, Security

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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