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Filing a Claim for Negligent & Inadequate Security

Did you know that if you have been injured on someone’s public or private property you may be able to file a personal injury claim? This type of case is called premises liability. Premises liability occurs when an individual or company who owns a property was negligent, and that negligence caused an injury that could have been avoided. These are often comprised of slip and fall cases, but you can also file a premises liability claim if you were injured as a result of poor security.

The Pittman Firm, P.A. has been representing accident victims who have been injured due to poor security in Florida and the American South for over 30 years. In this post, we will explain how you can file a personal injury claim for negligent or inadequate security.

Accidents & Injuries Caused by Inadequate Security

Land and property owners/managers have a duty to offer security measures that protect lawful visitors from the crimes of a third party. If you were injured by no fault of your own as a result of an attack or accident caused by the property owner or manager shirking this duty, you may have a premises liability claim.

Inadequate and negligent security can come in many forms, such as dim lighting in parking garages, a lack of security guards and/or cameras, improperly trained security personnel, broken or easy to open locks in entryways, and/or anything else grossly unsafe or defective. These defects and oversights can create dangerous conditions in which the people on the property are at risk to harm.

Incidents which fall under premises liability caused by improper security include:

Following such events, affected individuals may require medical treatment, therapy, and time off from work. The Pittman Firm, P.A. fights to get victims just compensation to cover their medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and more.

Places where such events are likely to occur include:

  • Residential buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Parking lots and structures
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Restaurants
  • Concert and entertainment venues
  • Sporting arenas
  • Hotels
  • Malls
  • Nursing homes

Please keep in mind that if you were injured on a property that you were trespassing on, you will not be eligible to file a premises liability claim.

Filing a Premises Liability Claim

A person (plaintiff) suing for negligent or inadequate security will need to prove that the landowner or property owner (defendant) failed to provide the reasonable level of care they were lawfully required to.

A successful premises liability claim must prove that:

  • The plaintiff was lawfully present on the defendant's property
  • The defendant failed at their duty to provide adequate security
  • The plaintiff was injured due to the acts of a third party, which should have been reasonably foreseeable by the defendant
  • The plaintiff would not have been hurt otherwise
  • The plaintiff incurred actual damages

Premises liability falls under the umbrella of personal injury. As a civil law field, personal injury claims do not include criminal charges, although punitive damages are awarded to victims from time to time. A typical premises liability lawsuit, however, targets the owner of the property where the accident occurred and awards compensation to cover the injured person’s medical expenses and pain and suffering.

The premises liability lawyer at The Pittman Firm, P.A. has over three decades of experience getting victims of negligent or inadequate security the justice they deserve. Contact us today to learn more.

Call (850) 764-0383 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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