Victims of rape and sexual assault sometimes have another path to justice and compensation in the aftermath of their tragic ordeal, by engaging in a civil premises liability lawsuit.
Under Florida law, the owners of private businesses and properties, such as bars, restaurants, convenience stores, shopping malls, parking garages and lots, hotels and motels and apartment complexes, can be held responsible if a person is physically and/or sexually attacked while on their property, if they were aware of potential issues, such as inadequate security in a high-risk area.
Because of this, it is not uncommon for many types of businesses, including those mentioned above, to purchase premises liability insurance, specifically to help the property owner compensate people who are injured in some preventable way on their property.
Some of the factors that could mean a property owner could be liable in a rape or other type of sexual or physical attack include:
- Lack of necessary security guards
- Failed monitoring of security surveillance equipment
- Poor lighting
- Lack of security cameras in key probable crime zones
- Inefficient or non-functioning locks
- Unlocked security gates
- Ignoring requests for increased security
- Faulty hiring practices and employee screening (especially relevant in a case where a hired security guard commits the crime)
- Poor installation of or faulty security alarms
- Poor key monitoring and employee key-sharing policies
Pursuing a personal injury, negligent security civil lawsuit allows a victim of sexual assault to seek monetary compensation for the injuries sustained, the medical bills incurred, ongoing counseling and the overall emotional distress, pain and suffering the victim has unfortunately experienced as a result of the crime.
If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault and believe your suffering could have been prevented by adequate actions by a responsible property owner, our kind and compassionate legal advisors are here to listen. We have been able to help many other crime victims like you get the compensation they deserve.
If you reside in South Florida, please contact the respected premises liability specialists at Orlando-based Best Law Firm Florida P.A. We will review your case right away at no charge to you.