Victim of Violent Crime Attorney
Violent crimes can impact both victims and their families for a lifetime. Justice doesn’t end with a jury’s verdict or plea deal either. Victims are typically left with outstanding medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Most criminal defendants never pay back their victims, even if it is court ordered.
It is for this reason that it is important to understand that depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover financial assistance after a violent crime. This assistance can come from the State of Florida’s Victim Compensation Fund but, this typically is a very limited resource.
Under a category of law known as “negligent security law”, a sub-category of premises liability law, you may be able to bring an injury claim against a property owner where the crime against you occurred. The term ‘negligent security’ describes a situation where you become the victim of a violent, criminal attack, such as an assault, shooting, rape or robbery, while on somebody else’s property.
Some examples of some typical negligent security cases we have handled in the past include a situation where a customer in a large shopping center is robbed in the parking lot while walking to their car, shot while removing money from an ATM machine, assaulted inside of a hotel room or caught in the middle of a robbery at a gas station, while filling up their car with gas. In these and other similar situations, the law imposes a duty on these commercial establishments involved to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. That includes the obligation to be aware of what is going on around them and in the community.
If robberies, shootings, and/or other violent criminal activity have been going on within a reasonably close distance to the location where your incident occurred, the property owner had a duty to do something about it to protect you. If a shopping center is constantly the subject of parking lot robberies, the shopping center has a duty to add more security guards, put up more video surveillance, add more lighting, eliminate some entrances and exits or take other action that other shopping centers would or should take to protect against crime.
If one shopping center is in an area that is targeted by criminals more than others, there may be a higher duty of care for that shopping center to provide much more security for its customers than the shopping center across town, where little criminal activity occurs.
Robert was a prosecutor in the Dade County State Attorney’s Office and as a result of this invaluable experience is fully aware of all the intricacies in dealing with cases involving violent crimes and victims who have serious injuries as a result.
As a client, you get Robert’s cell phone number, so you can reach him at any time. If you or somebody you love has been the victim of violent crime, contact Robert Gluck today at 877-Gluck-Law for a free consultation. We know you have many choices for personal injury attorneys in Florida, and we thank you for visiting The Law Office of Robert Gluck.
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