Have you been the victim of a crime on someone else’s property in Ocala, Florida? If a property owner’s negligent security was responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The experienced Ocala negligent security lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. will help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Since 2007, we have fought for the rights of injury victims. We have recovered life-changing awards for our clients, and we will work to do the same for you. Call our law office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an Ocala personal injury attorney.
How Allen Law Firm, P.A. Can Help with Your Negligent Security Case
When you visit someone else’s property, you expect them to take reasonable measures to protect you from harm. When you are instead the victim of a crime due to a property owner’s negligence, they should be held accountable. However, property owners and their insurance companies never make this easy. An Ocala personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and seek the full compensation you deserve.
Allen Law Firm, P.A. was founded by husband and wife Bill and Ginny Allen fight on behalf of injury victims. Founding attorney Bill Allen has more than 28 years of experience practicing law and holds the distinguished Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, a distinction only 10% of attorneys achieve.
Our law firm has a number of skilled former claims adjusters and managers on staff with hundreds of years of collective insurance experience to give us an edge when negotiating on your behalf.
When you hire our firm to represent you, you can expect us to:
- Conduct a thorough investigation into your case
- Identify the cause of your attack and the minimum security measures that could have prevented the crime
- Gather evidence to support your case including maintenance logs and crime reports in the area that show the owner should have anticipated a crime
- Fight back against claims you contributed to your injury
- Work with experts to determine the value of your case
We will fight to prove the property owner was negligent and caused your injury. Contact our law firm for a free consultation to speak with a negligent security lawyer in Ocala, FL while you focus on healing.
What Is Negligent Security in Ocala, FL?
Under Florida premises liability law, property owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect visitors from unsafe conditions and crime. When property owners fail to do this, they can be held liable for injuries and property damage that results.
Note that Florida Statutes Section 768.075 states that a property owner’s duty of care depends on the victim’s status on the property. Public invitees (for property open to the public) and business invitees (such as customers) are owed the highest duty of care.
A negligent security claim is a special type of premises liability case. This type of case involves a person who is injured on someone else’s property by a third party, usually as a result of a crime.
A property owner can be held liable when someone is injured due to negligent security which makes a crime more likely to occur. Failing to provide adequate security can include a lack of lighting around an alley of a club or bar which leads to sexual assault or robbery, for example.
Negligent security claims can involve hotels, apartment buildings, schools, bars, restaurants, night clubs, parking lots, and more.
What Is My Negligent Security Case Worth?
There is no standard formula to determine the value of a personal injury claim. However, it can help to understand the factors that affect the value of your case.
The first factor, and the easiest to calculate, is the value of your economic damages. This includes the medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you sustained with a clear economic value.
The value of your non-economic damages is harder to calculate. This includes pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement.
The value of these damages may be determined by multiplying your economic damages by a factor of 1 to 5 depending on:
- The severity of your injuries
- The type of treatment you needed
- The details of the incident
- Whether you are found partially at fault for your injuries
- Whether the property owner was grossly negligent
- Whether your injuries left you with permanent disfigurement or disability
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Ocala negligent security attorneys will help you understand what your case may be worth based on your unique circumstances. We will help you pursue compensation that fully covers all of the harm you have suffered.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Negligent Security Accident Victims?
As the victim of a crime, you may be left with serious injuries that impact your daily life and ability to work. You should not face the burden of these injuries.
Our Ocala personal injury attorneys will fight for full compensation for your injuries including money for the following:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We will work with experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and the damages you have suffered. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation that fully compensates you for the harm you have suffered at someone else’s hands.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All Your Negligent Security Injuries
Being the victim of crime can leave your life changed forever. You may be left with not only physical injuries but psychological and emotional harm. An Ocala negligent security injury lawyer will help you hold the responsible party accountable and fight for compensation for all the injuries you have suffered.
Allen Law Firm, P.A. represents victims of negligent security who have suffered injuries such as:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Gunshot wounds
- Sexual assault injuries
- Stab wounds
- Wrongful death
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we understand the devastating effects crime can have on your life. We will help you fight for money for all of the harm you have suffered, including your emotional distress, pain, and suffering.
What Are Common Types of Negligent Security Cases in Ocala, Florida?
Negligent security in Ocala, FL can come in many forms. Common forms of negligent security we regularly see include:
- Broken or inadequate barriers such as locks, fences, doors, and gates
- Inadequate lighting
- Insufficient or poorly trained staff
- A lack of surveillance
- Failing to warn visitors about known dangers
- Failing to respond to security alerts
- Blocked emergency exits
- Inadequate key control
When a property owner is negligent in maintaining safe and secure premises, visitors are at an increased risk of crime. Victims of negligent security may be injured in any type of crime on the property such as assault, sexual assault, robbery, or battery.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Case in Florida?
Proving a negligent security claim requires showing that the crime was foreseeable and you faced an unreasonable risk of harm. This means that it isn’t enough that you were the victim of crime to make the property owner liable. They must have been aware of the risk of crime or reasonably should have known of the risk. They must also have failed to take the necessary and reasonable steps to prevent crime.
Your personal injury lawyer will investigate your case and examine evidence such as:
- Internal business documents such as assault reports or a consultant’s recommendations
- Police reports about local crime as well as crime maps in the neighborhood
- Inspection and maintenance records of the property grounds and surveillance equipment
- Physical evidence such as broken locks
While property owners do not have a legal duty to prevent all possible acts of crime, they must take reasonable actions to prevent crimes that should be foreseen. When a property owner fails in this duty, they can be held responsible.
How Long Do I Have to File a Negligent Security Lawsuit in Florida?
Under Florida Law 95.11, you have four years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit for premises liability. When this statute of limitations expires, you are barred from bringing a legal claim and recovering damages.
Four years may sound like a long time, but it’s never wise to delay pursuing your claim. This can allow valuable evidence to be lost and it may affect the value of your case. The Ocala premises liability lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. will help you protect your claim and investigate your case to seek the damages you deserve.
Contact Our Ocala Negligent Security Lawyers for a Free Consultation
When you visit a bar, restaurant, club, or apartment building, you expect to be reasonably safe. When a property owner’s negligence causes you to become a victim of crime, you may be entitled to money for your damages. An Ocala negligent security lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve and protect your legal rights.
Contact our law office today to schedule a free case review with a personal injury lawyer passionate about helping you seek justice. You have nothing to lose by contacting us. We work on a contingency-fee basis which means you pay nothing out of pocket for the legal representation you deserve.