Tampa Negligent Security Lawyers
Every day there are people injured in the Tampa Bay area as result of poor security. When you travel to a place of business such as a restaurant, hotel, mall, parking garage or apartment complex, you have an expectation that you will be safe wherever you travel. If you are assaulted while in a public place, you may be able to make a recovery against the owner, operator or lessee of the business where the attack took place. In order to make such a recovery, you must prove that the owner of a business knew of prior security problems, but took no steps to fix the problem.
This is done by proving prior similar attacks took place on the premises, what security measures were in place during those prior attacks and what security is in place now. We look at whether the attack was preventable through security measures such as security guards, lighting or surveillance cameras. If we can show that the use of such measures might have prevented the attack, you may be able to recover damages for negligent security. Owners not only must provide you a safe business place, they have a duty to insure their employees will do you no harm. Each business has a duty to screen its employees to insure they do not have criminal or violent backgrounds which could put patrons at risk. Background checks can be conducted at little cost, to help insure employees do not rob or assault persons who come on premises do business.
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Although some attacks may never be preventable, a significant number of attacks are preventable if the owner takes steps to protect its patrons. The owner must be on notice however, of a need for such security. It is only common sense that certain locations like ATM machines and bars might require increased security because the opportunity to commit a crime is much higher at these locations. But the duty to put those measures in place is not universal. Negligence is determined on a case by case basis, so an investigation into the past history of the business is a critical piece of the claim.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, contact us for a consultation. We have investigators and security experts who can evaluate a business for their safety record and to determine whether all reasonable steps were taken to prevent further criminal activity. At the law firm of Harris & Riviere, we will use all of our resources to help you document your claim and make a recovery.
If you need more information about your negligent security claim, call and speak to one of our attorney's at Harris & Riviere at the Tampa law office by calling (813) 669-2080 or submit one of our free case evaluation forms.
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