Under state premises liability law, owners of private property have a responsibility to keep their properties safe for anybody they know is on their property. This relates to not only private properties, but also restaurants, bars, malls, hotels, rental properties and other types of businesses.
Of course, as guests, customers or tenants on the premises of private property, we inherently expect property owners to keep facilities and landscaping free from potential dangers, especially those that could lead to injury and crime. It is an underlying, unspoken covenant of trust among all parties involved.
That is why the law requires property owners to be aware of any repairs that are needed and to warn people about any problems while the repairs are being made in a timely manner. When a property owner does not handle his/her responsibilities, and a crime is committed, a civil personal injury lawsuit can be brought to help the victims of crime get the medical and other compensation they deserve.
Just a few of the types of cases that have been related to premises liability law in Florida include:
- Assault and blunt force trauma
- Armed robbery
- Rape and sexual assault
- Traumatic brain injury
- Parking lot accidents
One of the most prevalent areas of responsibility for property owners is to ensure that there are adequate security measures and policies in place to protect people. Inadequate security can feed and encourage criminal activity, especially in high-risk areas, such as:
- Parking lots
- Automatic cash machine (ATM) locations
- Restaurants and bars
- Shopping malls
- Hotels and motels
- Multi-occupant housing, such as an apartment complex
Lighting needs to be sufficient. Locks should be in place. Security cameras should be installed and monitored. On-site security should be present if past problems have been indicated.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a crime that you believe was aided by property owner negligence and you live in the South Florida area, please contact the Orlando premises liability law firm of Best Law Firm Florida P.A. to discuss your specific situation.