Negligent Security at Hotels
Business travelers and vacationers regularly stay in hotels in South Florida, with the expectation that their accommodations will be comfortable and safe. Not all hotels take the measures necessary to protect their guests, however, and many hotel patrons suffer injuries each year due to negligent security. Crimes caused by negligent security at hotels can cause lasting physical and psychological injuries, and people who suffer harm because of a hotel’s negligent failure to prevent crimes have a right to seek compensation for their damages and should speak to an attorney. The capable Boca Raton negligent security lawyers at The Grife Law Firm possess the skills needed to aid injured people in the pursuit of compensation, and if you engage our services, we will work tirelessly to help you seek a successful outcome.Risks of Harm Caused by Negligent Security at Hotels
Most hotels employ numerous security measures, including well-lit common areas, video surveillance that is watched by security guards, employees who monitor the people going into and out of the hotel, and doors prohibiting anyone from entering without a hotel key after certain hours. Some hotels, however, do not use all the appropriate safety measures or hire people who are not adequately trained or who neglect their duties. Thus, crimes occur in many hotels, and unfortunately, many hotel patrons suffer harm as a result. Crimes caused by negligent security can cause significant injuries, such as concussions, hemorrhaging, fractures, lacerations, and contusions. Many crime victims suffer not only physical trauma but also psychological trauma, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Caused by Negligent Security
Under Florida law, a hotel may owe an injured person compensation for harm caused by negligent security under certain circumstances. Specifically, a hotel may be held liable for harm suffered by a person on its premises if the hotel failed to exercise reasonable care in some manner, such as by failing to provide adequate security, if the hotel’s failure was the actual cause of the person’s harm.
What constitutes reasonable care will vary depending on the facts of the case. In most cases, however, the injured person and their lawyer must show that the hotel knew or should have known that insufficient security would create an environment in which crimes were likely to occur, causing a risk of harm to people in the hotel. This typically requires the plaintiff to produce evidence of prior crimes in the area and the rate of occurrence of the criminal act that caused his or her harm. For example, if a plaintiff can demonstrate that there were several robberies in the area surrounding a hotel in the years prior to when the plaintiff was robbed there, the plaintiff may be able to establish that the hotel should have foreseen the risk of robberies and was negligent for failing to provide greater security. A plaintiff who successfully proves liability may be awarded compensation for the cost of medical treatment and wages lost due to his or her injuries, as well as damages for pain and suffering.
It is critical for anyone who wishes to file a lawsuit against a hotel seeking compensation for harm caused by negligent security to act promptly. In many cases, evidence such as surveillance footage is only kept for a brief time. Additionally, pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 95.11(3)(a), most lawsuits alleging negligent security at hotels must be filed within four years of the date of the harm.Speak to a Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyer in Boca Raton
Hotels should provide travelers with a safe respite, but they sometimes harbor an environment that causes their guests harm. If you were hurt because of negligent security at a hotel, it is important to speak to an attorney to discuss the claims that you may be able to pursue against the hotel. The dedicated negligent security lawyers at The Grife Law Firm can develop compelling arguments on your behalf. We regularly represent people in Boca Raton, where our office is located, and in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami. We can be reached at 855-998-0770 or via the online form to schedule a consultation.