As violent crimes increase, more of the victims and/or their families are beginning to hold the property owners responsible for failing to take the necessary precautions to help ensure their safety. Criminal attacks are more likely to occur in under lit areas. Proper lighting is an easy solution for better safety that many business owners choose to ignore.
This civil action is affecting business owners such as:
Recent action by the courts indicates that owners of these facilities hold some responsibility in alerting the public to any criminal activity associated with their facilities, in addition to providing reasonable care such as well lit parking areas, security personnel, or at the very least, offering to accompany their patrons and employees to and from their vehicles during night-time or dark hours.
Premise liability in Florida is not limited to criminal activity, but also includes inadequate or under lit areas causing accidental falls such as in stairwells, sidewalks, or parking lots with poor lighting.
More than 1.5 million people become victims of criminal activity in the U.S. each year, and many of these crimes could be avoided if the premises where they occurred had proper lighting and security. Insurance companies move quickly to settle claims with the victims or their dependents, and in many cases the financial settlement is simply not adequate for the injuries suffered by the victim.
Have you been injured or lost a loved one due to a criminal attack in an under-lit area? Contact the premise liability lawyers at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA in Aventura today for a free consultation.