Criminal Attack & Injuries

Personal Injury from Criminal Attacks

If you or a loved one have been hurt by a criminal attack on the property of a business, you may be entitled to damages. Tampa, FL business owners are responsible for providing a reasonable level of security to the people on their property. Whether the business is a hotel, retail center, gas station, or apartment, you deserve compensation for being the damages resulting from this crime. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get the settlement that you deserve.

A Public Duty to Keep You Safe

crime sceneBusiness owners of all kinds have a responsibility to keep their customers and clients safe while you are on their property. Regardless of the kind of attack perpetrated upon you, it should not have happened. Robberies, assaults, sexual assaults, and shootings all can be prevented with adequate surveillance and security. These crimes are not your fault, and you deserve compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

What kind of security must a business owner provide? In general, they must provide enough security to protect customers against crime. The exact amount and type varies by exactly where in Tampa they are located. In a more dangerous location with a history of previous crime, business owners have an even higher duty to keep adequate security. A bad neighborhood is no excuse for ignoring their duty to their customers. If you were the victim of a crime at a business, the owners failed in their legal duty to keep you safe.

When Are Businesses Responsible?

Tampa area business owners are generally responsible for taking reasonable measures to protect customers from becoming the victims of crime on their premises. Here are a few examples:

  • Banks should have the amount of guards recommended for their location.
  • Hotels must have enough security to protect guests and their property from assault, theft, and other crimes common in their location. This includes a secure parking lot and adequately locking doors and windows.
  • Gas stations are required to ensure that their customers can pump and pay for gas as well as other services without being victimized.
  • Businesses have a responsibility to hire people who will not be a crime risk to customers.
  • Landlords and apartment managers must provide homes with the right amount of security for that neighborhood.
  • Employers should not give employees firearms, weapons, cars, or access to property unless they are prepared to pay for any damages that the employee causes.

These are just a few examples. Every business is responsible for maintaining safe grounds for their customers and the general public. This is even more true if they are in a bad neighborhood with a history of crime, because these business owners should be even more aware of the potential risks.

What If an Employee Hurt Me?

There are some circumstances where a business can be held responsible for an employee’s conduct. This is especially true if the employee committed a crime while acting on the business’s behalf, on the business property, or while using tools or weapons from their job site. For example, if you were assaulted by a security guard after hours that was using their work gun, their employers may be liable. If you were assaulted by a handyman of an apartment building while on the complex property, the managers and owners are liable.

Victims of Crime Are Entitled to Damages

When a Tampa business owner fails to provide safe premises, people can be robbed, assaulted, raped, or even murdered through no fault of their own. The business owner is responsible for paying the price. However, many business owners try to evade their duty to compensate victims for their losses. This is why it is important to contact a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you or a loved one is harmed on a business property or by a business employee.

Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys has been working hard for decades to get compensation for people like you when you are harmed by a business owner’s failure to protect you. We know how to make a compelling case in Tampa courts that will get you the settlement you need to move on with your life. We offer a free consultation where we can look at your case and tell you how we can help. We are here to protect you against businesses that refuse to pay you what you are due.

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