A negligent property owner who fails to consider your safety needs can cause serious injury if you suffer a violent assault on their property. The good news is that you do not have to face these issues alone. You can instead seek an Orlando negligent security lawyer to help you recover.
At DWK Law, we have the resources you need to recover physically and financially. A skilled Orlando personal injury lawyer can guide you through this process and represent you in the courtroom.
The basic underlying principle of negligent security is that property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining safe properties for guests and visitors. Failure to do so can result in criminal activities on the property and property owners being held liable for any injuries resulting from those unlawful actions.
The key to negligent security cases is foreseeability or notice. The property owner must be aware that a crime could have occurred and have failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent the crime from occurring.
One way to prove that property owners should have been aware of the crime risk is to look at crime statistics for an area. A simple zip code search will uncover where and what types of crimes are occurring – violent, non-violent, property crimes, etc. Armed with this data, a property owner should reasonably be able to ascertain whether or not their property needs special security measures.
We represented one of two victims in a negligent security case stemming from a crime that occurred at night in an apartment complex in Southwest Orlando in 2013.
Two criminals staked out the complex and watched as a group of young people entered the main gate and entered one of the apartments. One of the criminals knew there was a hole in the apartment complex’s security fence. The two perpetrators accessed the gated community through that opening, followed the victims to that apartment, and held them at gunpoint.
A security guard was scheduled to be on duty at that time. However, he had left early, forging his time sheet to document a complete shift. The attempted robbery became a shooting as the altercation unfolded, and two of the young people visiting the apartment complex were killed.
The parents of each victim were able to bring a claim against the complex and the security company for negligence because of the hole in the fence and the absence of the security guard. One of the perpetrators admitted afterward that had the hole in the fence not been there, they would not have targeted that area.
Our attorney, Brian Wilson, obtained a substantial settlement on behalf of our client.
The good news is that your negligent security attorney in Orlando, FL, may not cost you anything out of pocket. Our team works on a contingency fee basis, meaning your payment is a percentage of your compensation, not a flat rate. It also means you do not have to pay if we do not get you compensation in the courtroom. With DWK Law, there are no risks and no surprises.
Many property owners have certain responsibilities to the people living or visiting those locations. If they fail to do so, an Orlando negligent security attorney may be able to help.
If you have suffered from a lack of adequate security in any of these places, contact an attorney. You may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, when security measures are not what they should be, you may suffer serious injuries because of the property owner’s negligence. Your Orlando security negligence attorney can guide you through the process of getting the compensation you were due for any of the following common injuries.
When a physical assault happens because of negligence of security, you may suffer serious injuries caused by the assault. That may include broken bones, brain injuries, spine injuries, and other damage caused by blunt trauma or weapons.
Gunshot wounds can be dangerous or even deadly. Gunshot wounds can leave behind serious damage that may require surgical intervention to repair. Depending on where the bullet strikes, you may have nerve damage, damage to your spinal cord, or internal bleeding that leads to severe complications.
Inadequate security can sometimes lead to sexual assault injuries. This may include any injuries suffered during a sexual assault as well as the emotional injuries you may have suffered, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When another person attacks you, you may face constant anxiety in situations that remind you of the attack.
PTSD is a serious emotional disorder that may be triggered in the future by situations that remind you of the trauma you have experienced. That can lead to flashbacks, panic attacks, and other responses caused by the trauma you suffered.
Following a physical or sexual assault, you may suffer from depression. This is not simply a feeling of sadness but also feelings of hopelessness, apathy, and even suicidal thoughts.
When you experience a specific trauma, you may have a fearful response to that stimulus going forward. For example, if you were physically assaulted in a stairwell, you may have fears of falling or of being in similar spaces. These situations can make activities you once regularly enjoyed impossible, limiting your freedom and comfort.
Negligent security cases have different rules than other types of premises liability cases. For example, the safety rules for a school building may be different from those for a bar, which may be a more dangerous environment by nature.
Understanding these specific standards for negligent security can help you determine whether you are liable for a claim.
If you have been hurt because your location did not have adequate security, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. However, there are certain things you may need to do before you file a claim.
If you have suffered an injury due to negligent security, your first step is to seek medical care. Even if you feel fine now, a serious injury may arise, leading to worsening health. Seeking healthcare now can also help prevent disputes with the insurance company about when your accident happened.
If you can, you may need to preserve as much evidence from the scene as possible. That may include taking pictures, talking to eyewitnesses, and more. That evidence can be vital for your lawsuit.
Remember that evidence can decay or be lost quickly, leaving you without the tools you need to recover. Gathering this evidence as soon as possible can help you preserve this information and overcome your suffering.
Reporting your accident to the police can provide You with more support for your version of events. For example, you may be able to file a police report, and the police may gather further evidence for a criminal case. Any evidence used for a criminal trial may be used for your lawsuit, so talk to your attorney about your police report.
Besides gathering any evidence you can procure from the incident site, You may also want to keep a personal record of your injuries and recovery from the incident. Recovery can be a complex process, and documenting the experience, especially when you have bad days, can help you and your lawyer prove your damages and get the full compensation you are due.
One of the biggest mistakes that negligent security victims make following a physical or sexual assault is communicating about their experience on social media. Posting information about the case can impact the outcome, especially if your story does not align perfectly. Posting details can even reduce your compensation or get your case dismissed.
Juggling all the moving parts of a negligent security claim can be difficult alone. Your lawyer can represent you in the courtroom, help gather evidence, and seek the compensation you need for recovery.
When negligent security leaves you seriously injured and suffering, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. A lawsuit may not undo the damage but can offer compensation and closure following a severe injury.
The team with DWK Law is here to help when you are suffering. Your Orlando negligent security lawyer is here to guide you through your claim, starting with a free consultation. Our attorneys can offer guidance during this initial consultation so you know what to expect from our legal team.