Apartment building property managers, retail store owners, parking garage operators and other property owners may be held liable for injuries that result from criminal assaults on their property. In general, property owners have a duty of care to ensure the well-being and safety of their patrons. When owners decide not to install security cameras, provide security guards or adequately light darkened areas, general negligence toward the well-being of others may be involved.
At the law office of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., our lawyers work with safety experts and investigators in exposing negligence on the part of property owners in cases involving criminal attacks against customers and patrons. Don’t assume that being a victim of crime in a parking lot or apartment entryway is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time; rather, it may be a matter of negligence, too.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries due to a physical assault in an unguarded, unmonitored or unlit area, contact us today to arrange a free consultation about your case. Based in Miami, we serve clients throughout South Florida.
PERSONAL SAFETY, CRIMINAL ATTACKS AND NEGLIGENT SECURITY
The law office of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., represents clients in cases involving the following kinds of failures on the part of property owners in connection with injuries resulting from criminal assaults:
- Lack of security cameras in parking lots
- Lack of security in parking garages
- Insufficient lighting in stairwells or parking lots
- Broken locks on security doors
- Absence of front desk security in office buildings
- Lack of security call phones
- Absence of university security
- Security supervisor negligence
DETERMINING FAULT: SECURITY NEGLIGENCE AND FORESEEABILITY
A common issue in negligent security cases is foreseeability: Are there risks or dangers that a retailer, apartment manager or parking garage company should have foreseen as potential threats to the safety of its patrons?
For instance, retail stores install security cameras along aisles and in ceilings because theft is a foreseeable risk of doing business. It stands to reason, then, that if people are willing to steal INSIDE the store, some may be willing to rob customers of expensive or valuable items OUTSIDE the store. The risk posed to customers in a store’s parking lot is a foreseeable risk of doing business that retailers have a duty of care to reduce or prevent.
DEMANDING FAIR COMPENSATION IN NEGLIGENT SECURITY CASES
A physical assault results not only in medical bills for bodily injury, but also psychological and emotional damage to the victim. Our attorneys evaluate the comprehensive pain and suffering of our clients and demand nothing less than a fair settlement or award proportional to the losses incurred. We remind jurors that while the physical scars of a rape or assault may disappear over time, the emotional scars will likely remain for the rest of our client’s life. These emotional scars can impact one’s ability to work, maintain healthy relationships and find joy in life. We demand compensation that is just and fair, given what our client has lost because of a criminal assault — a sense of security and well-being.
To schedule an appointment and discuss how we can help you, contact the negligent security attorneys at the law office of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., today.
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