Property owners and operators in Fort Lauderdale are expected to provide visitors with a safe and hazard-free environment to enter. If any defects or dangerous conditions exist, the property owner should provide visitors with a warning. Not only should a property owner’s premises be reasonably safe, but there should also be ample security to reduce the chances of an individual committing a crime or attacking an innocent person.
Property owners in Fort Lauderdale who fail to ensure their premises are reasonably safe can be held liable if someone is assaulted or injured while on their property.
What are some examples of negligent security?
Although property owners and operators cannot prevent all crimes from occurring, there are certain measures they should be taking so that lives are not put at risk. For instance, bank ATMs and gas stations are common places where crimes occur, and individuals get hurt. Therefore, the owners of these types of properties need to be sure the area is well lit and surveillance cameras are visible and working.
Owners or operators of gated communities such as apartment complexes also need to be sure their premises are properly secured. This means security gates should be properly functioning and doors that allow access to certain amenities aren’t left open and unlocked for anyone in the community to enter. When an individual knows they can access a community that should be closed off to the public as no security measures being taken, they may be more inclined to take the risk and commit a crime.
If a property owner neglects to ensure their premises are well lit, have properly functioning security gates, have broken surveillance cameras, etc. they may be held liable for an assault or attack.
What to do after being assaulted or attacked on public property?
If negligent security led to an individual being harmed, sexually assaulted, etc. while on someone else’s property, they can contact a Fort Lauderdale, FL personal injury lawyer for legal advice. A personal injury lawyer will be able to determine if they have a valid case and what it is worth. If it can be proven that the property owner/operator was negligent in any way, an attorney may be able to help a victim recover compensation for any of the following that applies:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In the State of Florida, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within four years from the date of the incident or injuries became known.1 Therefore, those who suffered physical and/or psychological injuries on public or private property in Fort Lauderdale, FL are encouraged to contact Madalon Law so that a personal injury lawyer can begin working on their case.
You can reach Madalon Law at:
100 N. Federal Highway, #CU5
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301