Apartment/Hotel Rapes or Attacks Lawyer
When you pay for a place to stay, you expect to be safe on the property. Whether it is an apartment home or a hotel, one of the responsibilities of the property owners is to provide adequate safety for their tenants or guests. If you are injured when you were attacked, assaulted or raped due to poor safety or security measures in an apartment building or hotel, you may have a premises liability claim. If you need an apartment/hotel rapes or attacks lawyer in Orlando, call our team at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law.
Premises liability law in Florida includes the responsibility of commercial property owners to provide security and safety for tenants and customers. In apartment buildings, motels and hotels, the property owners, landlords and business owners are required to provide adequate protection against criminal attacks. While not all rapes and attacks that occur on commercial property are preventable, there are expected security and safety measures that should be in place. If there is evidence a landowner or business did not provide the necessary safety precautions, they may be liable for injuries caused by criminal attacks on tenants or guests on the property.
Apartment and Hotel Security
Security in apartment buildings and hotels is vital for protecting tenants and guests. These are buildings that often have parking lots and garages, stairwells, private rooms and hallways that should be safe to use without worry of attack. There are certain elements that should be in place to deter criminals from prowling the property looking for victims. Some of the possible security measures include:
- Security cameras
- Lighting in parking lots/garages
- Well-lit stairwells and hallways
- Security or locked entrances
- Security guards
- Self-locking doors
Security measures offer two-fold protection. Most importantly, they are a deterrent for criminals. A secure hotel or apartment building is an undesirable place to attempt a rape or attack due to the risk of identification or arrest of the criminal. Most would-be attackers or rapists will look for a dark, secluded area to commit their crimes. Secondly, security measures can help bring criminals to justice by providing evidence or catching them in the act.
When Are Attacks and Rapes Preventable?
Premises liability lawsuits for rapes and attacks that occur at a hotel or apartment home complex are complicated. The amount of security needed to prevent criminal activity on the premises can vary depending on the area and history of violence. Hotels in areas with higher crime rates may need more security to protect guests than a similar hotel in a safer neighborhood. To prove a property or business owner is liable for a violent attack, you need an experienced premises liability lawyer to investigate the history of criminal activity and what security measures were put in place to protect guests or tenants.
A violent attack or rape can cause physical and emotional injuries that can be devastating for the victim and their family. There may be hospital bills, therapy costs, lost wages and other expenses, as well as the long-term cost to a person’s mental well-being. If an attack could have been prevented by reasonable security measures at an apartment building or hotel, the land or business owner may be liable for those costs.
If you or a loved one were injured in an attack at an apartment building or hotel near Orlando, call us at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law. One of our legal team members can discuss whether or not you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim against the property owner. Contact our office to schedule your free consultation, and learn more about your legal options for pursuing compensation for your injuries.