Property owners have a duty to keep their guests and tenants safe from harm. Depending on the situation, this can include working door locks, cameras, lighting and/or security guards. When a guest or tenant is a victim of crime because the owner did not take sufficient means to protect them, that’s negligent security in a premises liability case. Watch this video as attorney Mike Eidson explains more.
I was the lawyer that handled the first important security negligence case in Florida. It was called DiVincenzo vs. The Green Company. In that case, our client was in his office, and at 6 o’clock, he went down the hall, in the bathroom, and got almost beat to death. It took him months to get out of the hospital. So we sued the landlord in that case. We sued the landlord, for not providing any security in what was, in effect, a dangerous neighborhood. So somebody came in that wanted to rob him, and we don’t know what happened but there was a horrible beating of him. And we were able to bring a lawsuit showing that they should have provided certain security measures. They should have locked the door. They should have had a guard. They should have had lights. They should have had a buzzer. All sorts of ways that we could have prevented this. Another one that you see all the time is a case where somebody is injured in a parking lot leaving a business. And we can sue the owner of the property. The operator of the shopping center or you may be able to bring a claim against the business that knew that you were going to be going into this space if it was dangerous. It can also involve the people that provide lighting. It usually occurs in places that are not well lighted. Call Colson Hicks Eidson, 305-476-7400, or go to our website Colson.com for more information.