Were you or a loved one injured because a property owner or business failed to take adequate security measures? Property owners in Jacksonville, FL are required to take steps to keep guests and customers safe. An experienced Jacksonville negligent security lawyer at Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Collectively, our lawyers have over 69 years of experience helping injured clients. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts over the years.
How Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Negligent Security Claim in Jacksonville
If you were assaulted, the property owner won’t want to step up and take responsibility. As a victim, you may not even know that someone other than your attacker can be held liable. Your attacker can be brought to justice in criminal court. In civil court, an experienced personal injury lawyer in Jacksonville can help you fight for compensation.
You shouldn’t trust just any law firm. At Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we have specialized experience handling premises liability cases. In fact, we’ve dedicated our entire law practice to fighting for injured clients.
Our hard work has paid off. We won the Martindale-Hubbell 2021 Platinum Client Champion Award, which is its highest award for client services. We’ve also earned an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Hiring us means you’ll have a skilled legal team to:
- Investigate your attack and injuries
- Locate all responsible parties
- Assess your case value with the help of leading experts and specialists
- Handle all negotiations with the insurance companies
Our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients get the fair compensation they deserve. To learn more, simply give us a call today.
What Is My Jacksonville Negligent Security Case Worth?
The value of any personal injury case can vary widely from case to case. Before we estimate your case value, we’ll review the specific details of your case.
Some of the most relevant considerations when assessing the value of a personal injury claim are:
- The type of injuries you’ve sustained
- The nature of the at-fault party’s actions or omissions
- The cost of your medical care and expenses related to the injury
- Whether you’ll require ongoing medical treatment or therapies
- The value of your lost wages
- How the injury impacts your future, considering work, education, and quality of life
- Whether liability has been clearly established
The insurance company will likely try to downplay your injuries. They might even claim that you were partly responsible or failed to take steps to mitigate damages.
While our lawyers cannot promise a particular dollar value, we can say that we’ve helped countless satisfied clients recover fair compensation for their injuries. We’ll use our skills and fight for every dollar you deserve. To learn more, call our law firm in Jacksonville to schedule your free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available To Victims of Violent Crimes?
If you were injured, you can seek compensation to cover your financial costs, just like any car accident victim.
Those economic damages often include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages and diminished future earning potential
- Property damage
- Other expenses, including transportation costs, in-home assistance, etc.
Non-economic damages compensate accident victims for their non-financial losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Loss of consortium
These types of damages are highly fact-specific. It can be tough to put a dollar value on these personal losses. Our lawyers have years of experience helping clients assess and understand their damages. To learn more about the types of damages you may be entitled to receive, call Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation today.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for My Injuries in Florida?
Yes – but only up to a point. Even if you share some blame for your injuries, you can recover partial compensation under Florida’s modified comparative fault laws. However, your final award will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault if you share any, and you cannot recover compensation if you were 51% or more to blame.
Our Jacksonville Negligent Security Lawyers Will Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries
Victims of negligent security often suffer a wide range of injuries.
At Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we often represent clients who have sustained:
- Bruising and soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Nerve injuries
- Stab and puncture wounds
- Gunshot wounds
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our lawyers know that money can’t take away the suffering and trauma caused by an attack. But it can give you a sense of justice. For more information about how we can help you hold all responsible parties liable for your injuries, call our law firm in Jacksonville for a free consultation.
What is Negligent Security?
Property owners are required to keep their property reasonably safe for invited guests and visitors. That includes taking adequate security precautions to protect visitors from reasonably foreseeable criminal activity.
Cases involving inadequate security are covered under Florida premises liability laws. Most of the time, negligent security cases involve assault or sexual assault. If a property owner knew about the risk of violent crime in the area and failed to take steps to protect others, they can be held liable when others are hurt.
You may have a valid negligent security case if you were injured while visiting:
- Bars or nightclubs
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Sports complexes
- Cruise ships
- Nursing homes
- Colleges or universities
- Daycare centers and summer camps for children
- Parking garages
- Convenience stores
Our lawyers will do everything we can to identify the at-fault parties and hold them responsible. Just call to learn more today.
How Do I Prove My Negligent Security Case in Florida?
As with any other negligence case, you’ll have to prove a few different elements to establish negligent security.
To successfully recover compensation, you must prove:
- The at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care
- A breach of duty happened
- The breach of duty was the direct and proximate cause of your injuries
- The damages you suffered as a result
Business owners owe a legal duty of care to customers and others who are lawfully on the premises.
The scope of that duty depends on a number of different factors, including whether there is a history of violent crime in the neighborhood, the type of business involved, and whether the business is one that’s likely to attract crime.
Depending on these and other facts, the property owner may be required to:
- Hire security guards to patrol and secure the premises
- Install security systems, metal detectors, and video surveillance cameras
- Respond to any security alerts or complaints
- Provide adequate lighting
- Lock and secure gates
- Train employees to respond to criminal activity
- Provide adequate warning of the risk of criminal activity
The exact types of security that are required will vary from case to case. They depend on many factors, including the risks and dangers of the specific neighborhood. For example, the owner of a nightclub will be required to take different precautions than the owner of a daycare center.
Of course, you can also work to hold your attacker financially responsible for the injuries you’ve suffered. However, property owners who fail to take these simple steps to prevent injury can also be accountable.
Recovering compensation from a negligent property owner isn’t always easy. Our Jacksonville negligent security attorneys can help.
As we work to prove your negligence case, we will:
- Analyze crime data and crime maps from the area
- Determine whether any prior acts of violence were reported on the premises
- Interview witnesses and employees
- Determine whether the business had steps in place to prevent violence
- Locate video surveillance footage and other hard evidence about your attack
Don’t wait too long to take legal action. Our lawyers are always available to discuss your case, so give us a quick call to learn more today.
How Long Do I Have To File a Negligent Security Lawsuit in Florida?
Injured parties don’t have unlimited time to take legal action in the State of Florida. The statute of limitations for most personal injury cases was recently changed. You’ll have four years to file your claim if your incident happened on or before 3/23/2023, and four years if it happened after that date. If you don’t file a personal injury lawsuit within the appropriate timeline, you waive your right to seek compensation.
However, there are many potential exceptions to these deadlines. If the attack was fatal, you have only two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. And if your case involves an assault, a four-year deadline will apply. The deadlines for these cases are irrespective of when the incident took place.
Because of this complexity, it is best to promptly contact an attorney to determine the right deadline for your case.
Contact a Jacksonville Negligent Security Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you assaulted or attacked on someone else’s property? You might not realize that the property owner can be liable for your damages. To learn more about your legal rights, call an experienced Jacksonville negligent security lawyer at Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation today.