Who Pays Your Bills if You're Hurt in a Public Place?
Most people don't think about something like negligent security when they go out to a public place, like a grocery store, sports stadium or apartment complex. The topic has emerged recently in Southwest Florida, with the shootings at the Fort Myers Zombicon event downtown. So many questions have been raised as to whom, if anyone, should be held accountable.
When you go to a public place, you should expect that every measure of safety, protection and crime prevention has been taken to ensure you and your family's safety. In the Zombicon case, there have been lawsuits filed against the organizers of the event, along with the private security firm that was hired to handle the security that night. But in the aftermath of the fatal shooting that also wounded 5 others, the killer still remains on the loose, and 6 families are left wondering just who will pay for the exorbitant expenses and medical bills they have incurred.
At Goldberg, Racila. D'Alessandro & Noone, we represent victims and their family members who have been injured through no fault of their own. In the cases involving negligent security or some type of liability on the part of a property owner, manager, or security company, we help people who may have been attacked at an apartment complex, fallen down a flight of stairs that had a missing handrail, or tripped on a store display that was unsafely placed.
After these types of incidents, there are so many questions about who should be held responsible for paying the victim's medical expenses, lost wages from being unable to work, or in the worst scenario, pay for the financial devastation of losing a loved one. Did the owner of the stadium know that handrail was missing, and fail to repair it? Did the apartment complex security staff do what they were hired to do in keeping criminals off their premises?
Just How Secure Are You?
In Florida, it is incumbent on the owners and managers of a public commercial property or venue to ensure the safety of those who go there. There are many ways that inadequately providing for the security of the public can result in a serious injury or even death:
- Poor or non-existent lighting in parking and other common areas
- Broken or missing entrance security gates or fencing
- Broken or non-existent door or gate locks
- Faulty or non-existent security cameras
- Lack of properly-trained security personnel
- Failure to maintain the property in a prudently safe and up-to-date manner
- Unattended construction or maintenance debris left in an unsafe manner
If someone gets seriously injured because one of these or other circumstances, the effort to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and being out of work is a terribly difficult and traumatic situation. The hiring of a personal injury law firm that has dealt with the hundreds of issues you'll be facing is the key to helping you on your way to recovery, and getting the fair and just financial settlement you deserve under Florida law.
Negligent security and the liability of a public property owner can come into play in a wide variety of places:
- Apartment and condominium complexes
- Shopping malls and stores
- Hotels or motels
- Bars, nightclubs and restaurants
- Amusement parks
- Sports stadiums
- Public and private schools
- Offices and other workplaces
A person staying at a hotel should expect a reasonable amount of security on the premises. If you go out to your car at night to grab the suitcase you forgot, you should expect that the hotel owners and managers will have taken all the reasonable precautions to ensure your safety. Do they have an outside security staff, either their own employees or a private security firm? Are there adequate safeguards to keep criminals off of the property?
So many questions that deserve answers, and a never-ending runaround on the part of the property owners and their insurance companies – that's what you're in for. Determining liability in negligent security and premises liability cases is best handled by a skilled team of personal injury attorneys who have decades of helping these kinds of victims behind them.
Since the Zombicon shootings and the recent rash of serious violent crime in Fort Myers, negligent security and premises liability have been pushed into the spotlight. People need to be even more aware of their surroundings, and take added precautions to make sure they are not victimized through someone else's negligence.
If you feel you have suffered an injury because of inadequate security or some other negligent action on the part of a property owner, give us a call at 239-461-5508. You can talk to us for free, and determine if you may have any type of legal action. Or if you prefer, just complete this simple form and we'll get in touch with you immediately.
Don't wait, and expect the problem to go away. We have answers to your questions, and we're ready to help.