Negligent Security

Brief description

Negligent Security

When you visit someone’s business, store, or restaurant, you expect that this company will keep you safe. You assume that they have all the necessary security measures in place to protect their patrons. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Under Florida law, business owners and landowners have a legal duty to provide reasonable security measures for the guests on their property. This includes shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, stadiums, bars and nightclubs, hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes, and even college campuses. When a business does not protect its guests from foreseeable harmful or criminal activity, and a guest is injured or killed on the property – that business can face a negligent security lawsuit.

Common Examples

Some of the most common examples of inadequate safety and security measure include:

Failure to install or maintain proper lighting


Failure to install or maintain proper doors, locks, gates, or fencing


Failure to install or operate security cameras


Failure to hire enough security guards


Failure to adequately train security staff


Failure to respond to a security notification or warning


Failure to report crimes (ex: property damage, robbery, sexual assault)


Failure to warn guests about potential dangers or crime

Negligent security claims can be difficult to prove and litigate. In a negligent security case, the victim must show that:

They were a guest on the property


The business knew or should have known about the security risks on their property


The business did not exercise reasonable care to protect its guests


Because of the business’ negligence, the victim was seriously injured on the property

What will happen if you have it?

Because of the nature of these cases, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you navigate this complicated legal process.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed on a commercial property, please reach out to Lady Justice Injury Law. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, property damage, or lost wages.
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