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Miami Inadequate Security

Many people assume that criminal acts are random, but in fact many are foreseeable and can be reasonably expected. When a property has incorrectly maintained doors and windows and poor lighting in common areas, for example, some people can take advantage of those facts to perpetrate crimes. Some areas are also known for having higher crime rates and in some areas there are outbreaks of criminal activity. Property owners and land owners are expected to take steps against these types of foreseeable crimes to ensure that legal visitors to the property are not injured.

When property owners are negligent and do not take adequate security measures and when violent criminal attacks occur, survivors of those attacks can launch personal injury claims in Miami against the property owners and any other liable parties. If you have been injured through violence and believe you may have a case, contact Flaxman Law Group to discuss your situation in confidence with a personal injury attorney. Your initial consultation is completely free of charge and comes with absolutely no obligation.

What Can Property Owners Do to Prevent Crimes?

There are many things that property owners are expected to do in order to prevent crimes, especially in areas that have been known to be the site of crimes in the past:

  • Hire security guards or off-duty policemen
  • Set up security cameras
  • Ensure that stairwells, elevators, parking garages and other areas are supervised and have adequate lighting
  • Put warning signs indicating that security cameras and other security measures are in place
  • Properly maintain windows and doors so that they are secure
  • Screen employees and others who enter the building
  • Install a security system
  • Ensuring that there is adequate lighting
  • Warn visitors and others using the property of criminal activity in the area

When a property owner fails to take simple precautions to prevent crimes on their premises, they may be held partly liable if their recklessness leads to a crime and injuries against an innocent person.

The Costs of Crime are High

If you have been injured in a criminal act, the costs can be very high for you. You may need to lose time away from work if you are injured and you may need emergency medical care, surgery, follow-up medical care, and other treatments. You may need counseling or therapy to deal with what has happened and there may be multiple incidental costs in your case, as well. For example, you may need to pay for transportation to visit doctors as part of your treatment or you may need medication as you heal. If your injuries are permanent, you may need rehabilitation and at home care and your earnings potential may be affected for the rest of your life. If someone’s negligence contributed to your injuries, Florida law allows you to pursue a claim and seek compensation so that you do not need to pay these costs yourself. The first step in seeking justice and compensation may be to contact a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community to review your legal options.

If you or a loved one has been the injured in a serious crime, you may have the option of pursuing a legal claim against the property owner where the crime took place as well as pursuing criminal charges against the assailant. Even if the assailant is never caught, you can pursue a claim against the property owner if they have been negligent and reckless in providing you with a safe place. To find out more, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case evaluation.