Were you or a loved one, while on business or commercial property, injured due to robbery, assault, gunshot, or other criminal behavior because of inadequate security? At The Law Office of Rand Saltsgaver, we have been assisting crime victims for nearly 40 years. Our Orlando Negligent Security Attorneys may be able to help you recover money damages from that restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, theme park, concert venue, AIRBNB, or other commercial business which did little or nothing to protect you or family
When the Law Offices of Rand Saltsgaver represent crime victims, we first look at the crime scene. Was it in, or near, a high crime area? We investigate the crime scene, looking at such matters as inadequacies in lighting and equipment, security personnel, maintenance, employee training, and more. If there is evidence that a business owner’s negligence contributed to the attack, we will find and use it against them in a premises liability lawsuit.
If you’ve been injured due to negligent security, your lawyers must look at the following: 1) Did the property owner fulfill his duty under Florida law to provide basic security for their guests? 2) Were the injuries or death caused by the failure in security? and 3) Should someone have reasonably foreseen there was a dangerous situation? This is constructive knowledge, and it is necessary to prevail in a negligent security lawsuit.
Victims of negligent security may be entitled to such compensatory damages as pain and suffering, inability to lead a normal life, loss of earnings, earning capacity, medical and hospital bills, and so forth. There is no absolute limit on compensatory damages. Punitive damages – those designed to punish corporate defendants in flagrant situations – are rarely awarded, but might be possible if it meets the criteria required by Florida law. However, punitive damages are capped at three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded or $500,000.
In one of Florida’s most well-known cases of negligent security, Southstar Equity Limited Company and Brookside Properties, v Lai Chau a student of the University of South Florida, survived being shot 3 times in the head while in her Tampa apartment after 2 men got past the security gate. In that case, the jury awarded her $15.7 million in damages.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of criminal act that occurred because the property owner was negligent, contact the team at Rand Saltsgaver Law today. We have the knowledge, legal resources, and experience to fight and will your negligent security lawsuit. Throughout our 40 years of experience, we have won multiple cases against businesses of all sizes.