Premises liability law holds property owners liable for losses that take place on their property as a result of negligence. Property owners can be found negligent if they fail to take the steps necessary to provide a safe environment to any invited visitors to their home or business.
One common form of premises liability is negligent security. If the owner of a shopping center, apartment building, or hotel fails to keep adequate security measures in place and a crime, such as a robbery, takes place, the property owner may be held accountable.
Because this is such a complex area of the law, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Victims of a robbery related to negligent security in the Daytona Beach, FL area can work with the attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau to learn more about their legal options.
Proving Premises Liability
Unfortunately, we live in a society where crimes are somewhat common. However, not everyone who is a victim of a crime has reasonable grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.
To show that negligent security played a role in the robbery, there are three main points that must be made:
- The property owner failed to meet his or her basic duty of providing sufficient security measures
- Any crime or injury that took place was directly related to the lack of security
- The plaintiff suffered physical, emotional, or monetary losses as a result of the crime
Forms of Negligent Security
It can be difficult to prove that a crime was a result of inadequate security. Our attorneys will gather evidence to show that the property owner failed to put basic security measures in place.
There are several potential forms of negligent security, including:
- Inadequate lighting in outdoor spaces, stairwells, or parking lots
- Security staff shortages
- Security guards who fail to perform their duties
- Broken locks
- Faulty security systems
Since there are no set regulations regarding what type of security a property needs to have in place, our attorneys will also present evidence to show that property owners should have anticipated the need for certain security measures. This type of evidence includes crime statistics for the area and any past instances of crime on the property itself.
Compensation for Losses
In cases of premises liability, robbery victims have a right to seek financial compensation for losses stemming from the crime.
Although each case will vary, potential areas of loss include the monetary value of any stolen money or property, medical expenses related to any injuries that occurred during the crime, and pain and suffering.
Our attorneys will consider all damages so that we can seek maximum compensation for our clients.
If you are the victim of a robbery and would like to learn more about premises liability, contact us at your earliest convenience. The experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will answer any questions you may have. Call (386) 258-7313 to discuss the details of your case.