Nassau County Negligent Security Attorney

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    Nassau County Negligent Security Attorney

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      Nassau County Negligent Security Attorney

      With Injury Law Offices in Fernandina Beach, FL and Jacksonville, FL

      When someone is injured during the commission of a violent act or crime on someone’s property that adequate security could have prevented, the property owner can be sued for negligent security.

      If you are reading this, you may have been injured physically and/or psychologically because of negligent security. You may be in pain. You might have had to miss work, causing you to worry about paying the bills. You are probably at a loss as to who can help you with a negligent security claim.

      We want to help. We offer free legal advice. Call our Nassau County negligent security attorneys today.

      Don’t worry about having money upfront to get the answers you need. Contact us as soon as you can to schedule a free legal consultation.

      The information on this page will teach you about negligent security claims. First, you’ll read about the common mistakes people make in negligent security claims in Nassau County. Then, you’ll read a story that will give you an overview of how the process of a negligent security claim works. Be sure to read it to the end to get the most value from the information as possible. 

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        Nassau County Negligent Security Attorney

        With Injury Law Offices in Fernandina Beach, FL and Jacksonville, FL

        When someone is injured during the commission of a violent act or crime on someone’s property that adequate security could have prevented, the property owner can be sued for negligent security.

        If you are reading this, you may have been injured physically and/or psychologically because of negligent security. You may be in pain. You might have had to miss work, causing you to worry about paying the bills. You are probably at a loss as to who can help you with a negligent security claim.

        We want to help. We offer free legal advice. Call our Nassau County negligent security attorneys today.

        Don’t worry about having money upfront to get the answers you need. Contact us as soon as you can to schedule a free legal consultation.

        The information on this page will teach you about negligent security claims. First, you’ll read about the common mistakes people make in negligent security claims in Nassau County. Then, you’ll read a story that will give you an overview of how the process of a negligent security claim works. Be sure to read it to the end to get the most value from the information as possible. 

        Common Negligent Security Claim Mistakes

        There are several mistakes people can make that slow down or devalue negligent security claims. Please read through them all to avoid making the same errors.

        Not Getting Medical Attention

        People with negligent security injuries often don’t seek medical treatment when they should. There are two primary reasons for this. One is physiological and one is psychological.

        When we experience trauma, the body produces a surge of stress hormones or adrenaline to help us survive. This gives people a burst of strength and the energy to fight or flee. It also gives them a heightened pain threshold, enabling the body to fight or flee even when injured.

        These hormones can remain in the body for hours, even until the day after the traumatic event. As a result, many people who’ve been seriously injured in negligent security incidents don’t actually realize the extent of their injuries, and don’t get themselves to a doctor.

        The other reason people injured in negligent security incidents are often hesitant to seek medical attention is psychological. Depending upon the type of assault or injury they have sustained, they may be ashamed or embarrassed. They may even believe on some level that the incident was their fault.

        No matter what may be tempting you to skip a medical exam, it’s important to get checked. It will protect your physical wellbeing and help medical professionals assess any psychological or emotional support that will help you as well.

        Getting medical attention will also protect your negligent security claim by establishing a medical record of your injuries. This record will coincide with the timeline of the incident, creating further proof of who bears responsibility for your claim.

        Without proof of your injuries from medical professionals, the insurance provider for the liable party has an opening to try and minimize or even deny responsibility. Don’t give them this opportunity. Get medical treatment right away.

        Not Following Doctor’s orders

        Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to disregard or forget their doctor’s treatment plan after they’ve left their office. This is a big mistake. The more serious your injury, the longer it will probably take to recover. This makes your participation even more vital in keeping your recovery on track.

        You need to do everything you can to heal, whether it’s taking prescribed medication correctly without skipping doses, keeping physical therapy or counseling appointments, or something else your doctor has asked of you. It may also be not doing something, such as avoiding strenuous exercise while healing from a concussion. Mandatory rest can be the hardest treatment plan to follow.

        It’s important to remember that just as getting medical attention after your injury creates a record to help legitimize your claim, not following doctor’s orders can create proof the insurance company can use to say you weren’t that badly injured after all.

        Giving the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement

        One of the big mistakes we see people make is allowing insurance companies to convince (or intimidate) them into giving recorded statements.

        You can be polite about it, but we do recommend you tell the insurance adjuster you are not willing to speak to them and hang up before they can try to change your mind. Insurance adjusters are well trained in the art of conversation, so it’s best not to stay on the phone.

        It’s important to know that not only are you not obligated to provide a recorded statement, but you are also not required to speak to the insurance company at all. In fact, this is a great chore to delegate to your Nassau County negligent security attorney.

        Waiting to Call a Lawyer

        A lot of people make this mistake. They get wrapped up in the aftermath of their negligent security incident, focused on their injuries and getting back to work, and they put off making a call to a lawyer.

        It’s also not uncommon for people to put off calling an attorney because they find that the statute of limitations on filing is two or more years, and they feel like they have plenty of time.

        No matter how long the statute of limitations is on filing, it’s crucial to remember that evidence doesn’t stick around forever, including witness testimony. If you’re lucky enough to have a witness, you’ll want your attorney to get their testimony recorded before they forget key details, or their contact information changes. Sure, these days people have cell phones, but even cell numbers change.

        It’s very important to take the step of contacting an attorney to get your questions answered about your negligent security case as quickly as possible after the incident.

        Choosing the wrong lawyer

        One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your negligent security claim is handing it over to the wrong lawyer.

        A lot of people assume all lawyers have the same ability to handle their case. This is false. Just as there are doctors with specializations, there are lawyers with specializations.

        When it really counts, most of us seek out a doctor who specializes in the area of medicine we need help in, and rightly so. If you had a choice between a general surgeon and a neurosurgeon, who would you call for brain surgery?

        It’s the same with lawyers. Your best chance for compensation in a negligent security claim is with a personal injury attorney who has successfully handled negligent security cases. To take it a step further, it’s very important that this attorney is also an experienced trial lawyer.

        Many negligent security claims are settled before reaching the courtroom, but some are not. If your case goes all the way to trial, you want someone with a solid track record of winning negligent security cases before a jury.

        Nassau County Negligent Security Client Story

        The story that follows will give you a better idea of what to expect in a negligent security claim. The names and details have been changed to protect the identity of our client. Please read to the end to learn as much as possible about your claim. Then, please give us a call so we can answer the questions you have about your specific claim in a free consultation.

        A few years ago, Staci Lewis headed west on the 295 to her favorite shopping mall in Jacksonville to pick up a stand for her artificial Christmas tree.

        She had just moved in with her college roommate, Jenna, having graduated from Jacksonville University a few months prior. She couldn’t wait to decorate for the holidays. It was her favorite time of year. She knew her chances of a white Christmas were slim, but still, a dusting was possible.

        She loved Florida but missed the winter wonderland of her Midwest childhood. Looking around at the palm trees, it was hard to fathom December through March without a heavy blanket of snow that seemed as if it would never melt. Still, the 68° days were nice. She decided buying a beautiful fake tree would be a good compromise. Even if it didn’t snow in Jacksonville, she could have a Christmas wonderland inside. She made sure to check with her roommate, who happily pitched in, suggesting Staci pick out the tree.

        Staci ended up finding the perfect tree online, and was pleased to find it came with free shipping. It was a green spruce with flocking to imitate snow. She’d told herself she wouldn’t go there, because flocking was known to make a mess. This tree, though, looked so real. Staci read every review and was delighted to find most of them raving about the flocking staying right where it was supposed to.

        It was almost 5:00 p.m. when the tree arrived on the Saturday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Elated, Staci hurriedly opened the package to get a look at it.

        Her excitement changed to concern as she took everything out of the box. The tree stand was missing. She knew the company would ship one after a quick call to customer service when they opened on Monday, but she wanted to be absolutely sure the tree was up in time for Thanksgiving.

        Staci would be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at the apartment for her mom, stepdad, and brother. Jenna had left that morning to drive home to Alabama for Thanksgiving with her family, so all the preparations would fall to Staci. It was a challenge, but she was organized and up for the task.

        With work and all the cooking Staci had ahead of her before their flight arrived on Wednesday evening, she needed the tree up and decorated by Tuesday night.

        Staci remembered seeing tree stands in the seasonal section of her favorite store. She knew it would be open late for the holidays and jumped in her car on a mission.

        As she expected, the parking lot was packed as people picked up supplies for Thanksgiving. Staci didn’t mind, though, happy to get some steps in. She parked in a far corner of the lot and made the trek into the store.

        Staci found what she needed and then took her time roaming the aisles, grabbing a few Christmas presents and enjoying the smell of cinnamon from the big sack of scented pinecones she’d tossed into her cart.  It was just getting dark when the manager announced the store would be closing in fifteen minutes. Staci navigated through the decked-out store and grabbed a spot in the line to the register.

        It was dark out when Staci left the store. She was glad she’d snapped a picture of the aisle number she’d parked in, because the lot was still almost full from people still inside other stores in the shopping center. As she trudged to the far end of the lot, she found the area around her car was also dark, with several broken lights.

        Staci popped the hatch of her Honda and was loading her bags into the car when the hair on the back of her neck prickled. Someone was behind her, and way too close.

        She spun just as her field of vision exploded into white stars before she tumbled into a black void.

        Staci woke up on the ground, with a patrol officer crouched beside her, shining a flashlight in her face. Seeing Staci blink her eyes open, the officer lowered her flashlight. Several faces floated above the officer’s shoulder as Staci struggled to make sense of what was happening. She tried to sit up, but the officer’s strong hand on her shoulder held her where she was.

        “Don’t get up, help is on the way.”

        Five minutes later, Staci was lifted onto a gurney to go the emergency room. As she was loaded backward into the ambulance, she could see that her parking space was empty.

        Her car was gone.

        Staci suffered a serious concussion, a broken wrist, and a bruised tailbone from the fall. Her mother, Joanne, flew in on a red eye and brought her home to her apartment early the next afternoon.

        “Looks like you’re going to have to accept help cooking this Thanksgiving, honey,” her mom said as she pulled the rental car into the driveway of the duplex Staci and Jenna lived in.

        “Don’t worry, you can fly in early and help me with Christmas dinner to get more practice next month.”

        Joanne went around the car and helped her daughter up the steps into the apartment. It would be a while before the extent of the injury from Staci’s concussion was known. So far, though, it was clear she was suffering from vertigo and blurred vision.

        Staci slept the rest of the afternoon on the couch. She woke up in the early evening to the smell of home cooked chicken parmesan — her favorite. As she slowly sat up, she was alarmed to again see stars.

        “Well? What do you think?” Joanne asked, her arms spread wide.

        Staci blinked several times, trying to clear her vision, to discover the stars were the lights on her beautiful Christmas tree. While she’d slept, her mom had bought another tree stand and helped herself to the lights that were sitting in a box with Christmas decorations on the carpet.

        “I left the ornaments for tonight. You can help, as much as you feel able, and Jason and Charlie can help finish it Wednesday night when they arrive.”

        “It’s beautiful, Mom, thanks.”

        On Wednesday, Joanne brought Staci to our office before heading to the airport to pick up the rest of the family. She’d called on Tuesday morning and set up the appointment after telling us they had three main concerns: how much it would cost to hire us, how much Staci’s case might be worth, and how long the case might take.

        How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Attorney?

        As we settled in, Joanne asked warily, “So, how much would it cost to hire you?”

        We explained that we don’t charge anything upfront, and that we work on a contingency basis. This would mean we’d cover the costs of the entire case. In the end, we would only get paid if we brought Staci’s case to a successful resolution.

        This answer satisfied them both.

        How Much is My Negligent Security Case Worth?

        Staci then asked, “How much do you think my case is worth?”

        “That’s difficult to accurately estimate this early in the case,” we told her.

        “In order to know the value of your case, we’ll need to conduct an investigation, gathering evidence and witness statements. We will also begin to build your case as if it’s going to trial.

        Frequently Asked Negligent Security Questions

        How are negligent security claims different from car accident claimsHow are negligent security claims different from car accident claims?

        Sometimes we get asked if a negligent security case different from an auto case. In an auto case, sometimes the facts are pretty clear: someone ran the red light and T-boned someone else and they got hurt. We know pretty clearly who the players are, who the defendant is. This is not so much the situation in a negligent security case. It’s not good enough to say someone got hurt.

        We’ve got to show that you got hurt because the property owner of the management company or the security company didn’t provide the appropriate level of security. It’s a more complicated case. It takes longer and is more expensive. The outcome can be less clear than in an auto case.

        They are riskier cases. Many times, we don’t know all that we would like to know without filing the lawsuit. Then we go through a digging process. It’s called discovery where we learn things. We learn more entities to sue. We may not have all of the defendants in play at the very beginning.

        They are different on a number of levels, including complexity and expense. Having said that, if you have been hurt or been attacked, you’ve been assaulted on somebody else’s property, call us right away. We’ll set up an appointment. We’ll sit and go over everything and we’ll map out a plan of how we can help you best.

        What should I do after a negligent security incident?

        When clients come to us with a negligent security case, there are several things we would like for them to have already done before they ever call. Number one is get medical care. If you get hurt, go to the doctor. Go to the emergency room. Follow up with your healthcare provider. Do the things that are going to maximize the possibility of your recovering as well as you can. Get your medical care.

        Number two is contact the responsible agencies. Contact the police. If you’ve been mugged, if you’ve been attacked, contact the police. It may be that someone has already done so, maybe not. Contact the police. Get them involved.

        They are experts in evidence collection and finding the perpetrators. Get them involved in the process immediately. Then give them your full cooperation. Then contact the premises owner. For example, if this is something that happened at an apartment complex, contact the manager on duty. Contact the property management company, the landlord.

        What will happen is this starts the process of generating reports. It’s done while everything is fresh so you’ve got evidence collection and it enhances the value of your case.

        By that time, you can call us. If you’ve had an assault which you believe was because of some security issues in Duval County, Nassau County, or any of the surrounding areas, call us today. We’ll go over everything with you and give you some guidance on how best we can help you.

        Would the premises owner be liable for my injuries in a negligent security case?

        In negligent security cases, clients ask often who’s responsible. If someone with a gun shoots you, you assume he’s responsible. What many times clients don’t recognize is that the landlord or another party may also be responsible.

        The premises owner or the management company that operates the premises, for example, have a responsibility to keep the premises safe. That means different things in different localities around the area in Nassau County or Duval County. Some areas are high crime areas that require a higher degree of security measures. Others are low crime areas, lesser degree of security measures. They all require it.

        If you get hurt, if you get attacked, if you get assaulted and it can be shown that premises owner did not do what was necessary to protect you by taking reasonable measures, then that premises owner can be responsible for your injuries. If you have a case like that in Duval County, Nassau County, and any of the surrounding areas, call us today. We’ll set up a time to get together to go over all of the ins and outs and we’ll figure out the best way to help you.

        What common mistakes do people make in their negligent security casesWhat common mistakes do people make in their negligent security cases?

        We have handled numerous security cases. Looking back over them, the primary mistake that we see is clients thinking they don’t have a case. They see it as a criminal case.

        It’s not readily apparent to them that someone might be responsible because they’re not security experts. They don’t know that one of the greatest deterrents of criminal activity is adequate lighting or any of a number of basic security things. They don’t recognize it as a security case until later. Time has gone by and we lose the opportunity many times to collect evidence. Things have been repaired. We lose the ability to see the negligent security condition in its condition.

        That is one of the primary things we see in terms of mistakes being made. Beyond that, not seeking medical care is another; many times, these events happen in low income neighborhoods. The injured person’s ability to get appropriate care may be limited through no fault of their own. That compromises damage evaluation, sometimes.

        Finally, there’s also the delay in coming to a lawyer. If someone has been hurt as a result of being assaulted, we always urge them to get a lawyer immediately. They can walk you through the process with the experience of dealing with the criminal justice system, the experience of investigating a negligent security claim so that you’ll be protected. If that’s happened to you in Duval County, Nassau County, or any of the surrounding area, call us right away. We’ll sit down, go over things, and figure out a plan that fits you best.

        How do you determine the value of my negligent security case?

        Sooner or later clients in a negligent security case want to know the value of the case. Determining that value requires several considerations, some of which don’t appear until later in the case. In negligent security cases we have to establish the owner of the premises, whether there was a management company. What kind of breach in the security was there? Was it a matter of lights not being posted? Was it a matter of security guards not being present and whether it was a high crime area requiring those types of measures to be implemented?

        Many of those considerations we don’t know until we start digging into the case, assessing the severity of your injuries and whether you’ve lost time from work. It’s a process that takes time. It’s not a determination that can be made or should be made at the very beginning of the case. When clients ask if we know the value of a case at an initial consultation, we tell them we don’t know, which is true.

        Lawyers who have been around these cases for decades like us know that values of cases can go up or down once we get into cases. It’s not responsible to put a hard and fast value on a case at the very beginning. Those are the things that go into valuing a case. If you think you’ve got a case where you’ve been hurt because of lack of security in Nassau County, Duval County, or any of the surrounding areas, call us. We’ll sit down with you, talk about the case, gather the facts, and figure out how best to help you.

        How long will it take to resolve my negligent security case?

        When we meet with clients, they often want to know how long it’s going to take. We typically tell them 9 to 14 months at a very minimum. Security cases, oftentimes, last longer, particularly if we get into litigation. Sometimes we don’t know who all the defendants are going to be until we get into the case. That produces delays that will improve the case but will add time to the case.

        Filing the lawsuit will add a year to that process. The court system in Northeast Florida has gotten clogged up again. It’s taken a long time to get to trial with cases. The idea is to establish the expectation in the clients’ minds that this is not going to be over in a couple of weeks, not four to six weeks. It’s going to be a long time.

        We tell people that , if you come to a lawyer with a legal problem, leave it here. You get back to living, get back on your feet as best you can. Do what your doctors tell you to do. Get your treatment, be compliant. Having set your expectation timelines will help a great deal.

        If you have a negligent security case and you’re curious about that, call us. We’ll sit down and go over your case and figure out a plan to best help you.

        Should I speak to the insurance company after a negligent security injury?

        Clients often ask me if it’s okay to talk to the other side or their insurance company. If they don’t ask, we always raise the issue in the very first meeting. The answer is yes and no. Yes, if it’s your own insurance company. Give them your cooperation. You have a responsibility to do so.

        They’re the ones who are going to help get your medical bills paid initially and give you some benefits of lost wages and things like that. Give them your full complete cooperation. Contact them immediately. If it’s anybody else, the answer is no. Insurance companies for property owners, the security company that was supposed to install the lights or what have you, those insurance companies have one thing in mind and that is to protect their insured, not you.

        If they are contacting you, it is with the idea of gathering information from you for the benefit of their insured, not you. They do not have your interest at heart. You should not talk to them. We tell clients to give the insurance company our contact information and let them know they can call us.

        At that point, it is illegal for them to talk to you about your case. They will call us. The information flow will go from our office to theirs and back and forth, which is the way it should be. If you have questions about this or any other matter, call us today.

        What do I have to prove to make a negligent security claim against a landownerWhat do I have to prove to make a negligent security claim against a landowner?

        When we meet with clients who have been injured on people’s property and they think it’s because of some security issue, we explain that what you have to show is that, under the circumstances of your case, the landowner didn’t provide the appropriate level of security to protect you or didn’t provide the appropriate kind of security to protect you. That lack of appropriate kind of security or appropriate level of security directly led to your being attacked and injured. Without that, there is no case. With it, you have a case that you can prosecute.

        If you have that kind of a case in Nassau County or Duval County or the surroundings areas in Northeast Florida, call us. We’ll sit and go over things. We’ll discuss your case and how best to move forward with it.

        Can I file a negligent security claim if the attacker was an employee?

        Sometimes an assailant is an employee of a business where the client was going. Since the assailant was an employee, can a client still sue the business? The answer is yes. There are legal issues that come up that have to be addressed. If it meets the criteria of the law in the state of Florida about employees or employers, then you can successfully prosecute a negligent security case against that business.

        Remember, the case may not be just against the business. It might be with the security company. There are any number of defendants that are available. It’s a more complicated case when it’s an employee. If you have that situation, do not hesitate to call us if your situation occurred in Duval County or Nassau County.

        We’ll sit down with you and discuss with you those issues, and figure out the best way to move forward with your case.

        What happens when someone is injured or assaulted due to negligent security?

        When people come to us with what they think is a case of getting attacked in front of a convenience store or in front of a business or any other place, they want to know what’s going to happen. Their world has been turned upside down. Several things happen very quickly. Law enforcement gets involved. There’s prosecution.

        The client has a duty and responsibility to cooperate with the criminal investigation, if the police can find the criminal. If you get a lawyer involved early on, we can track that and walk alongside that and at the same time do our investigation about what kind of security was there. Different kinds of cases require different kinds of security.

        For example, we had a case several years ago where we represented a man and a woman who were shot at their apartment complex in an area in Nassau County that was known as a high crime area. We discovered this was a gated apartment complex. We discovered there were several breaches in the fencing around the exterior. We discovered that the guard shack where the arm that goes up and down was broken. It was not manned much of the time. The assailant had almost a free pass to get in.
        We were able to do that investigation because the clients came to us early on. We did get some assistance with the criminal investigation. Those are things that you can expect. Some of it happens very quickly. Some of it happens over time. If you have what you think is a case due to a lack of security in Nassau County or Duval County, call us early on so that we can get involved in the process soon and figure out how best we can help you.

        How do I choose the right negligent security attorneyHow do I choose the right negligent security attorney?

        Negligent security cases in Florida are a unique kinds of personal injury cases or wrongful death cases. When we get asked what kind of lawyer someone needs on a negligent security case, particularly in Northeast Florida, we tell them to get someone with experience. These are not easy cases. These are not simple cases. These are cases where experience is a premium.

        Ask a lawyer if they have ever handled a negligent security case and, if so, how many. What was the outcome? These are not cases for young lawyers. We’ve been in practice 38 years. We have handled these kinds of cases and know the difficulties with them. They require experience. Experience is at the top of the list.

        If you can satisfy that, get with someone who is experienced in that area, then you should sign up with that lawyer. We’ve had extensive experience with these cases. If you have that kind of a case in Duval County or Nassau County or any of the surrounding areas, call me. We’ll sit down and go over things and see how we can best help you.

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