The Dangers of Negligent Security and Poor Lighting

November 4, 2016 — by Joe Horrox
Tags: Premises Liability Personal Injury

Statue of Lady JusticeProperty owners are held responsible for maintaining a safe environment for visitors or patrons. This responsibility extends beyond preventing physical obstacles, such as wet floors or cracked sidewalks. If a business has a history of criminal activity, or if criminal activity is a reasonable threat, property owners can be expected to provide ample security.

Negligent security increases the risk of crimes and other violent activities, and leaves patrons vulnerable to risks such as attacks, robbery, and sexual assault. It is up to each business owner to provide adequate security in the form of security guards, security cameras, or sufficient lighting, in the business and the surrounding parking lot. Those who have been victims of a crime due to negligent security and poor lighting in the Daytona Beach, FL area should meet with personal injury attorney Joe Horrox to learn how he can help them collect just compensation for damages.

Proving Liability

If an assault or other violent crime has taken place on a business’s premises, the insurance company may try to deny liability. Proving liability when an attack or injury has occurred on a property with negligent security and poor lighting is complex. That is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney such as Joe Horrox. Joe Horrox and his team will collect evidence to support the claim that the property in question should be legally responsible for providing adequate security and sufficient lighting. In general, most hotels, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping centers are legally responsible for maintaining security (including proper lighting) for their patrons.

When the liability of the property or business owner comes into question, our team will work to gather evidence that owner was (or should have been) aware of the need for security. The best way to do this is to look for similar incidents that have occurred in the past. In most cases, the business or property in question has already experienced an event similar to that suffered by our client. Our investigators will document any past incidents, including any prior calls to the police, to show that there is ample evidence to prove the need for security.

Collecting Damages

We work hard to prove liability in cases of negligent security and poor lighting so that our clients can be justly compensated for any damages they have suffered. When an assault has occurred, damages may be extensive. Property owners that are shown to be liable may be held responsible for compensating injury victims for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our attorneys will take into account the personal impact that injuries have had on our clients’ lives to ensure they are compensated to the maximum extent of the law.

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After personal injury has occurred, victims are left to deal with pain, suffering, emotional stress, and financial burdens. Attorney Joe Horrox works hard to minimize those damages for clients by holding responsible parties liable for damages. To learn how we can help you in the aftermath of a personal injury, contact us at your earliest convenience.

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