What is a Negligent Security Case and Who is Responsible?

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One of the first steps to any successful lawsuit is properly understanding the circumstances that led to the incident in question. This is especially important in Florida negligent security cases, where the decisions a defendant made about their property years ago can be the deciding factor.

What is Negligent Security and Where Can it Take Place?

Negligent security cases are a form of premises liability litigation that occurs when a victim of a crime holds the property owner responsible. These situations can take place at a wide array of locations, including apartment complexes, condominiums, restaurants, bars, parking lots, schools or other public common areas.

Who is Responsible in a Negligent Security Case?

People who oversee businesses have a responsibility to protect the people using their property. Positive outcomes for victims in Florida negligent security cases are possible when the plaintiff proves that responsibility was not upheld by the defendant. A failure to maintain adequate lighting, employ security officers, fix broken security cameras, establish screening measures, or evict tenants with a violent history are a few of the circumstances that could lead to a crime. Likewise, they are also the circumstances that often give rise to a claim for negligent security against the landowner where the crime occurred.

These cases are typically brought against the owner of the land where a violent crime occurred. However, property owners are not the only ones responsible for keeping a place safe from criminal activity. Like landowners, property managers, facilities managers, security vendors, and national chains that oversee that land can be defendants in a Florida negligent security lawsuit as well.

Florida Negligent Security Cases

One example of GRYC’s experience with Florida negligent security cases includes a suit involving two bystanders who were shot in a drive-by while standing outside a Florida supermarket. The shooting killed one man and left the other paralyzed from the waist down. GRYC’s legal team fought for these victims and their families, securing a substantial seven-figure settlement against the supermarket and property owner. GRYC has also represented victims and their families in negligent security cases against apartment complexes, hospitals, hotels, and schools.

With over three decades of success, the award-winning negligent security attorneys at GRYC are dedicated to fighting for the justice their clients deserve. If you are reading this post because you or somebody you love is seeking representation or assistance, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen can help. Check out our practice areas page to see what our teams specialize in, fill out the form at the bottom of our home page, or call +1 (866) 463-3251 for a free consultation.