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Negligent Security Cases in Florida

Just as a business has a duty to keep its premises safe for customers to avoid their injury, business and other such establishments in Florida have a lawful duty to secure their premises to avoid reasonably foreseeable crimes from being committed upon their customers or other patrons.

The concept of business or other establishments not taking adequate measures to ensure that their patrons are safe from foreseeable crimes is called “negligent security.” For example, a nightclub or bar has an obligation to provide security for its customers in case a fight or other incident breaks out. If you are seriously injured in a nightclub fight, then the nightclub might be held liable for negligent security.

A more common example can be assaults or murders that occur in a parking lot surrounding a business, or in its parking garage. The incidents may hinge on failure to provide adequate lighting or possibly not having a security guard if the location is a higher crime area.

In order to demonstrate that a place of business is responsible for a criminal incident through negligence, the plaintiff must prove that the place of business or establishment had a duty to provide adequate security for their patrons, and that the crime committed against the patron(s) was foreseeable—that is, that it could have been predicted based on the state of the business’s premises or surrounding neighborhood, or both. Only an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can adequately determine these factors. Consult with a personal injury attorney immediately following an accident or injury for an assessment of your case.

At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept wrongful death, personal injury, auto accident and medical malpractice lawsuits on a contingency fee basis anywhere in Florida, or in serious cases, throughout the United States, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damages for you—thus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville or is available for consultation in Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed by someone else’s negligence, or in an on the job accident, car crash, tire failure crash, DUI accident, bike accident, rollover crash or other incident or as the result of someone else’s negligence or malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com

BY: Stephen K. Miller, Attorney at Law

January 4, 2013
 
 
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