Miami Negligent Security Attorneys
If you or a loved one were harmed or injured on someone else’s property because the property owner failed to provide adequate security, you may be able to sue for compensation. You would be reimbursed under negligent security law, which is part of premises liability law. To find out if you have grounds to file a lawsuit, contact the Miami personal injury lawyers at Baron & Herskowitz today.
Negligent security assumes that a property owner will provide adequate security in places known to be dangerous. The property owner is expected to anticipate foreseeable harm. If the owner fails to do so, he or she may be liable for negligent security.
Five situations must be present for an owner to be accused of negligence. These are:
- The defendant (or property owner) owes the plaintiff (victim) a duty of care
- That duty must be violated
- The victim must show that his or her victimization was caused by the negligence of the property owner
- The harm was foreseeable
- The victim has been injured by the landlord’s conduct
For example, if numerous thefts, rapes, deaths, or other assaults against a person occur on someone else’s property and the assaults have been committed by a third person, the property owner is expected to know that extra security precautions should be taken.
Situations in which you might claim negligent security include:
- Poorly lit public parking garages, stairwells and mall parking lots
- Lack of security workers monitoring of mall parking lots late at night or during holidays when assault and theft increase
- Absence of good lighting in tunnels such as those used in the subway, or underground passes for crossing large streets
- Absence of lights around ATMs
- Absent or non-functioning security cameras
- Dark alleys
- Restaurant parking lots
- Insufficient locks on windows and doors in an apartment building
- Bushes that allow a prowler to hide in an area known to be dangerous
- Parks that are open after dark
- Boats tied up to a wharf without a security gate
- Convenience stores open through the night
- Dark areas on a school campus late at night
- Area where gangs are known to congregate
- A landlord who ignores tenants’ complaints about lack of security
- A landlord who fails to alert police of an attempted break-in in an apartment in his or her building
If you have been somehow accosted or violated by an attacker on someone else’s property, you should contact a Miami negligent security attorney. The property owner should be held liable for the harm you suffered. To find out if you have a claim, consult a premise liability lawyer by contacting Baron & Herskowitz. Our attorneys represent individuals and families in Miami and throughout the state of Florida.