Negligent Security Case Nets Plaintiff Nearly $600,000 in Damages
Florida property owners have an obligation to keep their visitors safe from harm, including crimes committed by third-parties. Individuals who must meet this standard include commercial business owners, property managers, landlords, and other types of property owners. Those who fail to meet the standard of care required of property owners (which varies based on the type of property the individual owns) can be held liable under the theory of negligent security if someone is injured on their property—even if that injury occurs at the hands of a hostile individual.
Recently, a client of The Pendas Law Firm was attacked at an outdoor strip mall in Fort Myers when he tried to prevent a young lady from being robbed and injured. He sustained serious permanent injuries as a result. Our negligent security lawyers aggressively advocated on his behalf to obtain a positive verdict. Fortunately, we were successful in our quest.
Assault & Battery Victim Receives Nearly $600,000 in Damages
A property owner may be held liable for injuries sustained at the hands of a criminal because according to Florida law, property owners should be able to prevent foreseeable harm to patrons, customers, or residents on the property. In our client’s case, the strip mall should have had adequate security in place to not only prevent the assault and battery of our client, but also to prevent the attempted mugging of the young lady. However, due to the lack of security, our client felt compelled to step up to the attackers to stop the women from being injured and possibly even raped.
During the attack, our client sustained several serious injuries, including a fractured jaw. As a result, he was required to undergo several procedures, one of which required him to wear metal hardware and to have his jaw wired shut for three months. During that time, he was unable to eat solids. Despite the procedures and hardware, he suffered permanent injury to his jaw and mouth.
In total, our client accumulated a medical bill of $85,553.96. We were able to obtain that amount in damages, plus an additional $100,000 for past pain and suffering, and another $400,000 for future pain and suffering.
Though our client will never get back the time spent undergo extensive medical treatment, and nor will he regain the full functionality of his jaw, the compensation our team was able to gain him will go a long ways towards helping him get back to living a whole and happy life.
Consult With a Fort Myers Negligent Security Lawyer
At The Pendas Law Firm, our negligent security lawyers advocate on behalf of victims of criminal conduct to ensure that the proper party is held liable for their injuries. When a property owner fails to implement property security measures to protect his or her patrons from injury, he or she can be – and should be – held liable for a third-party’s negligent, reckless, or criminal actions. Our client was nothing if not heroic when he stepped up to stop that woman’s attackers. He should not have had to do that though; had property security measures been implemented, he and the woman could have simply enjoyed their shopping experience.
If you or a loved one was injured at the hands of a third-party on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To schedule a case evaluation, contact our negligent security lawyers at 1-888-LPENDAS today.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona, Bradenton, and Orlando areas.