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Negligent Security

Miami Negligent Security Attorneys

security surveillance roomIn some situations, the owner of a store, shopping center or other property has a duty to protect guests from foreseeable criminal acts. Criminal acts may include robbery, shootings, assault, purse snatching, rape, or other incidents that cause emotional injuries, physical injuries, or death to a person on the premises.
The lawyers and staff at Bernstein & Maryanoff have the financial resources and experience to help you pursue the maximum compensation available for your injuries or loss due to a criminal act. From our principal office in Miami and numerous other offices across Florida, we represent clients throughout the state.

Florida law requires the owner of a business establishment to be aware of prior crime in the area through newspaper reports and by studying information in county records. When an area has significant criminal activity such as prior assaults, purse snatchings, robberies, or vehicle break-ins, the owner of the establishment has a legal duty to provide security to protect guests.

In some cases, it is required that a security guard be provided. It is not required that a security guard be able to stop a crime from occurring. The presence of a security guard in a parking lot or a store serves to deter someone who might want to rob or assault customers at that business. The amount of security required to deter crime depends on the history of crime in the area and the physical layout of the property. Other security measures may include cameras, warning signs, off-duty police officers, and improved lighting. Sometimes one security guard was just not enough! Our lawyers will hire a security expert to testify about the amount of security should have been provided. That expert will usually be a retired sheriff or police chief from a major city who could testify with a great amount of credibility.

Businesses want you to come onto their property and spend money. Under Florida law, they also have a duty to make sure you are safe from foreseeable criminal acts that can injure you.

Free consultation: There is never a charge to talk to a personal injury attorney at the law firm of Bernstein & Maryanoff. With a principal office in Miami, numerous other offices across Florida, and the willingness to make house calls, our attorneys will be there when you need them. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis..

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