Accidents Due to Inadequate Security in Florida | What You Need to Know

Sep 10, 2020 - Personal Injury

Property owners have a duty to all those who enter and exit their property to ensure their premises are safe for all. In many cases, having sufficient security present is one example of a necessary safety measure. Unfortunately, inadequate security can cause serious accidents and injuries, and if you are someone who believes you sustained an injury due to inadequate security in Florida, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common examples of inadequate security?

There is a wide array of examples of inadequate security, including the following:

  • Failing to install security cameras where there should be cameras. 
  • Neglecting to have someone monitoring those cameras at all times. 
  • Having cameras installed, but failing to regularly maintain them to ensure they are always up and running. 
  • Not hiring security guards at certain events or establishments, especially those where alcohol is served.
  • Failing to adequately train security guards to ensure they can appropriately handle a serious situation, should one arise. 
  • Failing to have working alarms in elevators in case of an emergency. 
  • Failing to have sufficient lighting in stairways, sidewalks, and parking lots. 
  • Not having working door locks in apartment buildings/complexes, thus allowing break-ins or other criminal activity.

What should I do if I am hurt on someone else’s property because of their negligence?

If you are injured on someone’s property due to a lack of security, you will have to do your best to document the incident yourself, particularly if there were no security cameras present that could have captured your accident as it happened. This is why you should:

  1. Call the police. 
  2. If you were injured in a store, notify the store owner/manager of your accident.
  3. Ask any witnesses of your accident for their name and phone number. 
  4. Take pictures/videos of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident.
  5. Receive immediate medical treatment and ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills pertaining to your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can work to obtain all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury sustained on their property in Florida?

If you are injured on someone else’s property, you will have to file your premises liability claim against that person within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims, under most circumstances, is four years in Florida, which means that you will have four years from the date of the incident to sue. Do not make the mistake of waiting past the four-year mark, for if you do, you will most likely be permanently barred from suing. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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