Were You Attacked as a Result of Inadequate Security?
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
Negligent security, on the part of property and business owners, puts innocent and unsuspecting customers, tenants, employees, visitors and others in harm’s way. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a criminal attack, the costs can be unimaginable. The perpetrator may never be caught, and even if they are, it is unlikely that they will be able to pay for your injuries from a prison cell. However, business and property owners who fail to provide adequate protection against foreseeable crime can be held partially liable for your injuries and be forced to pay a substantial sum for your losses.
$4.5 Million Verdict for Double Murder
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that property owners cannot ignore security issues, finding an apartment owner liable for negligence for failure to repair the security gate of a gated apartment complex. In February, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a $4.5 million for the family of two siblings who were murdered in their apartment. The apartment complex owner was found to be 40% responsible for their deaths.
The complex was marketed as a gated community, but at the time of the murders, the gate had been broken for about two months. There was a history of crime on the property in the three years leading up to the murders, including an armed robbery and an assault on the property. For more details, please read $4.5 Million Premises Liability Verdict Against Landlord in Double Murder.
$18 Million Verdict for Fan Severely Beaten at Stadium
Bryan Stow was awarded $18 million for a beating that left him with brain injuries. It happened at Dodgers Stadium. The jury divided responsibility for Stow’s injuries between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the two men who beat him, ordering the Dodgers to pay $15 million.
The lawsuit contended that the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt did not provide enough lighting and security in the stadium parking lot the night Stow was beaten. For details read Jury: Dodgers negligent in Giants fan's beating.
Premises liability is a legal concept that comes into play in personal injury cases where the injury was caused by some type of unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property. Personal injury cases that turn on premises liability law include:
- Slip and fall cases
- Snow and ice accidents
- Inadequate maintenance of the premises
- Defective conditions on the premises
- Inadequate building security leading to injury or assault
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Water leaks or flooding.
- Toxic fumes or chemicals.
If you were injured in a preventable criminal attack, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.