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Negligent Security Lawyers in Titusville
Negligent security is a sub-species of premises liability cases. This is when one party files a claim or lawsuit against another party for injuries they sustained due to failure to provide reasonable security. The other party could be a landlord, business owner, or even a tenant.
Because negligent security cases are complex, it is always advisable to hire an experienced attorney. At Morgan and Morgan, our attorneys can help you fight for your rights following an injury caused by negligent security. Fill out our free case evaluation form to get started with your claim.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Negligent Security Lawsuit in Titusville?
In Titusville and throughout Florida, you have up to four years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the four-year period, the case will be considered closed even if the other party was responsible for your injuries.
Who Can I Sue?
The party liable for your injuries will depend on the specifics of your case. This is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. During the initial evaluation, the attorney will review the specifics of your case and identify the liable party. It is also important to note that more than one party might be responsible for your injuries.
However, it takes an experienced attorney to identify the liable party.
Some negligent security cases are not as straightforward. And you should not expect the other party to admit liability, especially if you do not have sufficient proof. Working with an experienced attorney can significantly change the dynamics of your case because they know how the law protects you and who is responsible for your injuries.
Should I Sue the Attacker Directly?
To answer this question, let's discuss how negligent security cases work, particularly the reason for filing a lawsuit. When you file a lawsuit, you aim to secure compensation for your injuries. In most cases, injury victims seek financial compensation for their injuries.
The biggest challenge of suing the individual who directly injured you is that it may be difficult to identify them in the first place. For example, suppose someone gained access to your apartment, assaulted you and your family, and then disappeared into the darkness. Chances are you will have a rough time trying to find them. Without a proper description and a trail of evidence, the police might also take too long to solve such a case.
But that is not the only thing you should be concerned about; even if you successfully identify the attacker, they will likely not have the financial resources to compensate you for your injuries and damages. That is where the importance of filing a lawsuit against the third party, in this case, your landlord, comes in.
Property owners usually have some form of insurance protecting them against such incidents. So when you file a lawsuit, you are basically targeting financial compensation from the third party's insurer, in most cases.
It is also important to note that you may still be able to file a civil lawsuit directly against the individual, especially if they can afford to settle your damages. If they cannot afford to compensate you but would still like to take legal action, you can open criminal charges against them. This will not get you the financial compensation you need and deserve, but it could potentially send the individual to jail for their crimes against you.
What Is Considered Sufficient Security?
Each property is designed differently and serves a unique purpose. For example, the amount of security required at a football stadium during a match is not the same as the kind of security you will need at your local grocery store.
That said, certain security measures apply on almost every premise in Titusville and throughout Florida. These security measures include:
- Installing functional locks
- Enforcing restricted access
- Installing security alarms
- Hiring security guards
- Installing property lighting, etc.
Can I Sue a Grocery Store for Negligent Security?
Grocery stores are actually among the most sued establishments in Titusville. This is because many stores in the city still fail to adhere to the state's requirements for running such businesses as far as security is concerned. To put things into perspective, Florida laws require grocery stores to:
- Install a functional security camera system that records and obtains surveillance footage of the premises
- Install a safe or other cash management systems that limit access to cash
- Provide lighting at the store's parking lot at an intensity of at least two-foot candles (21.52 lumens) per square foot, standing at 18 inches above the surface
- Provide a clear notice at the entrance of the store that the cash register contains $50 or less
- Ensure that window signs do not obstruct the store's view from the outside
- Ensure that window signs do not obstruct the line of sight to sales transaction areas and cash register
- Provide height markers at the entrance of the store
- Provide a case management policy that reduces the cash on hand at any time after 11:00 pm
When you contact an attorney for a case evaluation after getting injured at a grocery store, the lawyer will consider whether the store's management followed these policies. If they did not, then you will likely have a valid claim.
How Can I Prove My Negligent Security Case?
To prove your negligent security case, you must be able to demonstrate the following:
- You were at the premises lawfully
- The property did not have sufficient security measures
- The property owners did or should have known that the property did not have enough security measures
- You got injured due to the property owner's failure to provide adequate security
- You suffered damages due to your injuries
How Can I Prove That the Property Owner Knew or Should Have Known About the Security Problem?
There are many ways to prove that the defendant knew about the security concerts at the property. The exact proof will depend on the nature of your case. That said, you can prove this element by:
- Demonstrating that the property filed previous insurance claims regarding past accidents or injuries
- Providing copies of police or medical records showing injuries or damages previously sustained at the property by other individuals
- Showing print or digital material, such as news reports, highlighting the dangerous condition of that particular premises or its surroundings
What Is “Foreseeable” in a Negligent Security Case?
To win a negligent security case, you must prove that the incident was foreseeable. This means that the defendant knew or should have known that the injury was more likely to occur than not. For example, suppose a grocery store is located in a dangerous part of the city in terms of violent crime. In that case, you expect the grocery store owner to implement measures to protect the property and customers from such incidents. But if you get injured due to the property owner's failure to provide security, especially in foreseeable situations, you may be able to hold them responsible for their negligence.
What Damages Can I Recover?
You may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. However, this will depend on the specifics of your case. Economic damages are the kind of damages that involve loss of money in one way or another.
Examples of economic damages include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Ambulance fees
- Cost of transportation to and from your medical appointments
- Cost of hiring a caregiver
- Cost of medical equipment such as wheelchairs
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
Non-economic damages do not involve loss of money but are usually compensable with money. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distresses
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
What Are Some Common Examples of Injuries Caused by Negligent Security?
Negligent security incidents can cause serious injuries, such as:
- Deep cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Torn muscles and tissues
What Is the Average Negligent Security Settlement in Florida?
In Florida, the average negligent security settlement is $50,000. However, it is important to note that the exact amount you may be entitled to as compensation for your injuries will depend on the nature of your injuries and the specifics of your case. To better understand how much your specific case could cost, speak with an experienced negligent security attorney.
What Factors Influence a Negligent Security Settlement?
As discussed below, many factors can influence the settlement amount when you file a negligent security claim or lawsuit.
First, your actions after the injury will influence the amount of compensation you may be able to recover. For example, if you fail to follow protocol, the other party could take advantage of your mistakes to downsize your claim.
Let's say you failed to call 911 or seek medical attention within a reasonable timeframe. In that case, the other party could claim that the injuries were not serious enough to warrant medical attention.
Another example is if you sought medical attention as required but failed to follow your doctor's instructions. Again, the defendants could claim that your failure to follow the doctor's instructions proves that your injuries were not that serious in the first place.
Lastly, if you take too long to contact an attorney, you risk losing the entire case. This would happen if you let the statute of limitations on that particular case expire. As mentioned earlier, you have up to four years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you file outside this window, the other party will petition to have the entire case dismissed.
These are just some of the many factors that could jeopardize your case. There are many other things you need to learn about these cases. The best thing to do if you or your loved one has been injured due to negligent security is to contact an attorney.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Hiring a lawyer is one of the best decisions you will ever make if you have such a case. Such an attorney can:
- Review your case to determine whether it is valid
- Review the available evidence to determine whether it is strong enough to prove your case
- Collect relevant evidence to strengthen your case
- Identify the parties liable for your injuries
- Explain your rights as the plaintiff
- Device a legal strategy to pursue the claim or lawsuit
- Fill out important paperwork pertaining to the case
- File a lawsuit or claim with the other party
- Negotiate a reasonable settlement on your behalf
- File an appeal on your behalf if the judge or jury rules against you
Where Can I Find the Best Negligent Security Lawyers in Titusville?
Morgan and Morgan is the law firm to contact if you are looking for the best negligent security lawyers in Titusville. But do not take our word for it. At Morgan and Morgan, we are not all words without action.
Here is why you should consider hiring us to fight for you:
- We are the largest personal injury law firm in Titusville, Florida, and the entity country
- We have been fighting for our clients for over three decades, and helped secure more than $15 billion as compensation for various injuries
- We have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies—they do not intimidate us
- We can fight for you in and out of court, something many law firms cannot do
- Our law firm has a positive reputation for handling such cases—we have over 25,000 5-star reviews on Google
- We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation
- Our law firm consists of a team of personal injury lawyers specializing in different kinds of injuries, including those sustained due to negligent security
- You will not pay us anything unless we win
When you need a compassionate, caring, and understanding negligent security attorney to fight for you, we are always ready to help. Fill out our free case evaluation form and we will handle the rest.