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Tampa Negligent Security Attorney

The practice area of premises liability includes more than just slip and falls, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, etc. In some instances, property owners can be held liable for sexual assault, physical assault, or even robbery. These crimes can fall under negligent security, a sub-section of premises liability law. Property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care from all hazards, including criminal acts. Failure to take proper precautions can result in liability claims. To learn more about negligent security in Florida, contact the Tampa negligent security attorneys at Moore Law.

Reasonable Security

The level of reasonable security will vary based on the location and circumstances. Some locations are more prone to criminal activity, and the risk of assault is higher. Examples include:

  • Apartment complexes
  • Parking garages and parking lots
  • Amusement parks
  • Shopping malls
  • Nightclubs and bars
  • Office buildings
  • Sports stadiums

The level of security that a business owner must provide will depend on the circumstances. For example, a parking lot in a high-crime area may require more protection than one in a safer area. Even ones in safer regions may need additional security if there are reports of prior problems on the property. Examples of reasonable security measures can include:

  • Security guards
  • Security patrols
  • Lighting in parking garages and parking lots
  • Security cameras
  • Gated entries
  • Emergency phones and alarms
  • Keyed entries
  • Lighted hallways and stairwells
  • Intercoms

Examples of Negligent Security

Understanding what events could be considered negligence is essential to help you determine whether you have a claim or not. Examples of negligent security include:

  • Broken locks on doors or gates
  • Unlocked doors or gates
  • Past attacks on the property and no security enhancements
  • Untrained or poorly trained security
  • Damaged or low lighting
  • No security when there is a known risk
  • Security guards who don’t make proper rounds

Negligent security cases typically involve injury to a person from a robbery or other criminal assault. They can happen anywhere, and some of the most common crimes are sexual assault and robbery. Strong-arm robbery can include force or even the threat of force. They don’t need to brandish a weapon either. The circumstances of the crime will determine what criminal charges the person faces.

Hiring Security Guards

Property owners shouldn’t assume that once they hire security, their liability ends. Hiring responsible and licensed guards is essential. Employers have a duty to ensure their guards are appropriately screened, trained, and supervised. What if a guard gets out of hand and inflicts bodily harm on a patron? The employer could be held liable for negligent supervision.

Hiring a Tampa Negligent Security Attorney

Hiring the right attorney in a negligent security case is critical. These are specialized types of personal injury cases, and you need a legal advocate who understands the laws and how to hold property owners accountable for your injuries. At Moore Law, our Tampa negligent security attorneys have decades of experience with these matters. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

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