Property owners and businesses must maintain their facilities in a safe condition in order to deter criminal activity on their property. They are required to protect the public from suffering personal injury as the result of criminal activity. Negligent security arises when a property owner or business operator neglect their patron’s safety by failing to have adequate security measures on their property. Negligent security resulting in criminal attacks against patrons of public places occur in South Florida with more frequency than we would like to think. Unfortunately, violent criminal attacks such as robbery, assault, sexual assault, and murder occur too often at South Florida shopping malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, apartment complexes, hotels, and other public places. Many of these attacks can be prevented by security measures such as lighting, fencing, gates, cameras, and security guards. However, many business owners and operators have negligent security measures that are inadequate to deter and prevent crime.
If a property owner or business fails to protect you from criminal acts you may have a negligent security claim for the personal injury you suffer. You may be entitled to recover money for your medical and mental health care expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you are the victim of a criminal attack the most important thing you must do is immediately call 911. You may need immediate medical attention, and the police need to investigate your attack. Seek any necessary follow up medical care and mental health care to alleviate the psychological trauma suffered by crime victims. If you suffer personal injury from a criminal attack in a public place contact The Berman Law Firm to pursue your negligent security claim.