Businesses are expected to do everything reasonable in their power to provide a safe environment for those who enter their premises. Yet in many cases, as a result of inadequate security, people become victims of serious violent criminal attacks, through no fault of their own.
As Southwest Florida attorneys who handle negligent security cases, Goldberg Noone have seen numerous instances in which there was a significant prior history of criminal activity on or near a certain property, yet nothing was done to prevent it. On many occasions, apartment complexes have been the scene of violent crimes on numerous occasions, but its owners or managers do nothing to deter the crime.
If as a result of this inaction, you or a loved one becomes a victim of a crime, you may have a claim.
Business owners and event organizers, who anticipate attendance by the public, must undertake all reasonable measures to make sure their invitees are safe. They must be held accountable for any occurrence in which someone is seriously hurt on their property, otherwise known as premises liability. If an owner or management company fails to keep their property in safe condition or fails to provide adequate security, lighting or other safety precautions and someone is hurt, the property owner, management firm and their insurance providers can be sued for their negligence.
There are several ways that negligent or inadequate security can be a key factor in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Poor or non-existent lighting in a parking lot
- Rotted or missing handrails on stairwells or hallways
- Unlocked, missing or damaged entry gates
- Inadequate or non-existent security personnel
- Damaged steps
- Standing water from an unfixed plumbing problem
- Non-existent or missing security access code door locks
It really doesn't matter what type of property you may be on – a violent crime or a serious accident can happen anywhere. Here are some instances where negligent or inadequate security can be investigated by the personal injury lawyers at the Goldberg Law Firm:
- The lighting at an ATM machine, which are prime targets for purse-snatchers, may be burnt out or non-existent.
- An apartment complex knows there are large holes in the property's rear fence, but does nothing to limit access to potential criminals.
- A hotel does nothing to repair the rear door key card access panel, allowing anyone without one to get inside
- A football stadium has not repaired the damaged handrails on their steps, which can result in a serious trip and fall injury
- The mall management knows that their parking lot lights don't go on and off as they were programmed to do, and a mall employee gets attacked on the way to her car after work.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and gas stations are prime sites for attracting those with criminal intent. Many bank ATMs are located along a side wall of a building that may not have adequate lighting. Gas stations are a magnet to thugs who are looking to knock someone down and grab the wallet or purse they're holding. In most instances, the gas stations provide a secure, locked environment for their employees after a certain hour of night. But, who is providing security for the customers?
The negligent security and premises liability attorneys at Goldberg Noone, LLC, have successfully represented victims and their families who have suffered a serious, life-altering injury through no fault of their own. Criminal attacks, including sexual assault, shooting or stabbing, assault, robbery and even murder can be a result of negligent or inadequate security.
Our clients need help in their efforts to obtain a financial settlement to help pay their huge medical bills, any lost wages they may have incurred from being unable to work, and pain and suffering for their injuries. Our law firm has been fighting for victims' legal rights for a combined 80 years – we know what to do in working with law enforcement, security industry consultants and private investigators to make sure the property owners, managers and their insurance providers are held responsible for their negligence.
One simple phone call to 888-461-2919 or 239-461-5508 will allow you to speak to one of our negligent security attorneys, at no cost to you. There is never any financial obligation to you unless we successfully recover a settlement or jury verdict on your behalf. If you prefer, you can fill out this simple form, and an attorney will contact you immediately.
We, at The Goldberg Law Firm, are dedicated to standing up for the rights and protection of victims of negligence and to seeing justice done. We will continue to direct our combined knowledge, determination, and drive to the limits for each and every one of our clients.
The results are record-breaking jury verdicts, real relationships with our clients, and legislative breakthroughs