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Frequently Asked Questions

Keeping an establishment reasonably safe in Florida means providing adequate security.

What is adequate security? It all depends on foreseeable risk. For example, you would expect that a bar in a high-crime area of town would need significantly more security measures than a grocery store in a middle-class neighborhood with a low crime rate.

Since there are no hard and fast rules about what constitutes adequate security, you should contact the experienced negligent security lawyers at Victim Advocate to discuss the details of your case. We can help you determine whether you can show that the property where you were injured failed to keep its establishment reasonably safe.

To prove negligent security in Florida, you must be able to show that:

  • You were on the premises legally
  • The premises lacked proper security measures
  • The property owner should have reasonably foreseen the criminal activity from which you suffered
  • You suffered harm as a result

Not all crimes are foreseeable, so you don’t automatically have a case just because you were attacked or assaulted on somebody else’s property. However, if crimes have happened on that property before – or ones like it or in the same area – the property owner should have taken certain precautions to keep you and other guests safe.

If you believe you or your loved one were attacked due to security negligence in Florida, contact Victim Advocate today for a free consultation. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve, and you only pay us if we get you money.

In general, negligent security can lead to assaults, rapes, murders, and other serious crimes. More specifically, these crimes can result in a heavy physical and emotional toll, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Financial hardship from lost income
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Permanent disability
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Pain and suffering
  • Feelings of embarrassment or shame
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Inability to enjoy previous hobbies or activities
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Feelings of anxiety and fear
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Flashbacks of the crime

If you’re struggling after being attacked on somebody’s property due to negligent security, Victim Advocate may be able to help you get compensation to start getting your life back on track. While we can’t undo the damage that has been done, we may at least be able to relieve your financial burden.

You don’t pay us unless we get you money, so contact us today for a free consultation.

Yes, negligent security applies to private property. According to Florida law, property owners owe different duties of care to various classifications of people. While trespassers are owed the lowest duty of care, property owners may sometimes still be liable for injuries suffered by a person who was on a property illegally. Invited guests to the property are owed the highest duty of care.

Attacked or assaulted on private property? Schedule a free consultation with Victim Advocate today. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve. Since you don’t pay us unless we get money for you, there’s no risk to you telling us about your case. Contact us today.

Yes, negligent security also applies to public property. However, the rules are slightly different for liability claims involving city-owned or other government property. You may have a shorter statute of limitations (time to file a lawsuit) and you are usually required to give the government notice by a specific date.

All that being said, it doesn’t matter whether you were attacked at a city parking lot, shopping center, or government building – negligent security still applies.

If you were attacked or assaulted on public property, contact Victim Advocate today. We offer free consultations, and you don’t pay us unless we get you money, so there’s no risk to you. Schedule an appointment now.

Negligent security refers to any conditions on a property that increase the risk of violent crime or other security incidents, including failure to take reasonable steps to prevent crime. Some examples of negligent security include:

  • Unlocked gates
  • Lack of locks
  • Broken fencing
  • Missing or broken cameras
  • Insufficient staff
  • Broken or missing alarms
  • Poor lighting
  • Unsecured doors or windows
  • Unqualified or untrained security guards
  • Blocked emergency exits

These aren’t the only examples of negligent security. If you were injured, or if your loved one was killed, on somebody else’s property, make an appointment for a free consultation with Victim Advocate today. We may be able to help you get compensation for your losses, with no financial risk to you since you don’t pay us unless we get you money.

Under Florida’s premises liability laws, a property owner may be liable for injuries that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions. These injuries include, but are not limited to:

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