Negligent Security Lawyers in St. Petersburg
Negligent Security Lawyers in St. Petersburg
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Negligent Security Lawyers in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is home to numerous residential and commercial properties. The owners of these properties have a legal duty to ensure they are safe. But despite knowing this, negligent security cases are still common in this part of Florida.
Contact a Morgan and Morgan negligent security attorney if you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a property owner's failure to provide reasonable security. We might be able to help you hold them accountable for their negligence. Fill out this case evaluation form to determine if your case is valid.
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Do Negligent Security Lawsuits Target Property Owners Only?
No, negligent security lawsuits can target anyone who owes you a duty of care but fail to do so, leading to injuries. For example, a security company that hires untrained and unlicensed security officers can be held liable for negligence if someone gets injured or even dies due to negligence on the part of the security agency.
Does Getting Injured at Someone's Property Automatically Mean I Can File a Claim or Lawsuit?
No, that is not how the concept of negligent security works. This is because many different factors come into play when determining whether the property owner was liable for your injuries.
For example, you should expect the defense to question your presence at the property. This is because you may not have a valid case if you were at the property illegally. In these cases, the plaintiff's presence at the defendant's property can be described in three ways:
Being an invitee means you are expected to be at the property, usually through a contract with the property owner. For example, if you are a tenant, you are your landlord's property as an invitee.
A licensee is an individual who has no relationship with the property owner but is still allowed, either expressly or implicitly, to visit the property. For example, your guests are considered licensees when visiting you at your rental property. Therefore, the landlord might owe them a duty of care but only to a certain degree (because they are your guests).
If you are a trespasser at someone's property, they owe you the least duty of care.
Contrary to popular opinion, just because you are a trespasser at a property does not necessarily mean that the property owner does not owe you a duty of care. For example, if the property owner is aware that you trespassed their property but still allows you to stay, your status at the property could change from 'trespasser' to “licensee.”
In addition, trespassing laws do not apply to children in this context. If your child has been injured at someone's property due to the property owner's lack of sufficient security, even if they were there illegally, you can sue the property owner.
Why Is the Property Owner Responsible if They Did Not Directly Cause My Injuries?
Property owners may be responsible for your injuries because they owe you a “duty of care.” This means they must ensure that their properties are safe. That said, the property owner can only protect you from “foreseeable dangers.”
What Are “Foreseeable Dangers” In Negligent Security Cases?
Simple put, when danger is described as foreseeable, it means it could have been avoided with the right measures. This is the whole point of filing a negligent security lawsuit—to sue individuals who knew or should have known about potential danger but failed to do anything about it.
What Are Some Examples of Foreseeable Dangers?
A foreseeable danger is anything that creates the opportunity for a crime or an accident. For example, a business might be a prime target for robbers if it operates until late. The same applies if the business deals with precious goods or commodities such as jewelry—you expect the business owners to provide security.
Danger can also be foreseeable if there is evidence of similar dangers in that area in the recent past. For example, if a neighborhood is known to have high crime cases, a robbery at a neighborhood's gas station is considered foreseeable.
What Should Property Owners Do to Prevent Negligent Security?
One of the best ways to prevent negligence, as far as security is concerned, is to keep track of foreseeable dangers. Precisely, the property owner should:
- Warn visitors of foreseeable dangers at the property
- Respond promptly to potential dangers
- Provide sufficient lighting
- Boost security after criminal incidents in or around the property
If they fail to take these or other similar measures, you may be able to hold them responsible for negligent security.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Negligent security cases are not the easiest to handle, especially given that the defendant has numerous options to defend themselves. Remember, when you file a lawsuit or claim, you must prove negligence. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that tiny details, such as the exact spot the injury occurred, could influence the trajectory of the case.
Negligent security attorneys understand what it takes to prove negligence in these cases. This is because they have dealt with numerous cases in the past and know how to navigate the complex legal system.
Another thing you need to know is that your definition of negligence may not necessarily align with the legal definition of the same term. The same applies to liability; just because you were injured at someone's property does not mean the owner is liable.
Many different factors come into play when determining liability. Without an attorney, you will likely have a rough time determining who is responsible for your injuries.
In addition, negligence security is often subject to further debate. This means that there is no one-fits-all approach to these cases. What counts as negligence in one case might not be the same in a different case.
For this reason, it is important to consult individuals who understand how these cases work, what the local laws say about your particular situation, and, most importantly, how to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Perhaps, one of the clearest reasons to contact an attorney is because the other party will likely have their legal team fighting for them. If the defendant knows the importance of hiring a lawyer, so should you.
What Should I Look for in a Negligent Security Attorney?
St. Petersburg is home to many personal injury law firms and attorneys. But, with so many options to choose from, you will need to be even more thorough. This is because these cases rarely have second chances. If you choose the wrong legal team, you could lose the case and the chance to secure the compensation you need to deal with the injuries you or your loved one sustained.
That said, here are some important things to look for in such an attorney:
Experience: Look for an attorney with experience handling such kinds of cases. At Morgan and Morgan, we have been serving clients from coast to coast for more than three decades. For this reason, you can count on us when you need an experienced attorney to fight for you.
Track record: You need an attorney with a solid track record of winning such cases. That is exactly what you get when you contact Morgan and Morgan for a free case evaluation. But you should not take our word for it; check out our most recent results on this page.
Reputation: An attorney or law firm with a good reputation is better positioned to provide the best legal representation to help you win your case. Reading their reviews is one of the best ways of finding out what other people are saying about that attorney or law firm.
For example, Morgan and Morgan has over 25,000 5-star reviews on Google and over 1,500 positive reviews on SiteJabber.
Resources: Many injury victims underestimate the importance of hiring a personal injury law firm or attorney with powerful legal resources. When you hire an attorney with powerful resources to fight for you, they will likely conduct thorough investigations to prove your case and maximize your claim.
At Morgan and Morgan, we are the country's largest personal injury law firm. For this reason, our attorneys are uniquely equipped with everything they need to investigate your case, separate facts from fiction, and fight back against bullish insurance companies.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Negligent security falls under premises liability laws, a subcategory of personal injury. In St. Petersburg, FL, you have up to four years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
What Happens if I File a Lawsuit Outside the Statute of Limitations?
If you file a lawsuit outside the statute of limitations, the court will not allow you to proceed with the case. Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to sue the other party for your injuries.
This also explains why it is always advisable to contact an attorney immediately after the incident. Four years seems like a lot of time on paper, but it is not.
Personal injury cases can take months and sometimes even years to build. The attorney might need to interview experts, collect evidence, conduct legal research, and other key actions. It is even worse if your case is complicated.
For instance, if more than one party is responsible for your injuries, the investigations could take even longer.
Remember, the goal here is not just to win. Rather, you want to win the kind of settlement that will make you feel “whole,” not worse than before. If your attorney does not have enough time to build a strong case, the amount of compensation you may be able to recover might not reflect the true value of your case.
How Can Morgan and Morgan Help?
Morgan and Morgan negligent security attorneys can:
- Review your case to determine whether it is valid
- Review the evidence against the other party and strengthen it if necessary
- Identify the individuals or entities responsible for your injuries
- Fill out important paperwork on your behalf
- Help you receive the medical treatment you need
- Negotiate a reasonable settlement with the other party
- File a negligent security lawsuit if necessary
How Do I Get Started With Morgan and Morgan?
To get started, all you need to do is fill out our free case evaluation form. One of our legal representatives will review your case to determine whether it is valid. If valid, they will contact you to discuss the next steps.
How Much Do Morgan and Morgan Attorneys Charge?
Morgan and Morgan, we charge our clients on a contingency basis. This means they do not pay us anything unless we win. If we win, we will deduct a small percentage of the settlement to cover attorney and legal fees.
Need Legal Representation for Your Negligent Security Case? We Might Help
Morgan and Morgan negligent security lawyers in St. Petersburg are ready to fight for you and your loved one. You can contact us any day, anytime, when you need to communicate with someone who actually cares about your pain and can help you get some form of compensation for your losses.
If you are ready to hold the other party accountable for their negligence, tell us about your case to get started. One of our legal representatives will review your case and get in touch to discuss the next steps. And if you have a valid claim, this could be the beginning of your journey to compensation.