ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
A victim of a crime in Tallahassee is very often injured, and part of recovering from that injury is arresting and prosecuting the criminal. This is the type of justice we are most familiar with, the type we seek in the criminal courts.
But putting a criminal behind bars doesn’t solve every problem. The victims of crime are often left with physical, emotional and financial scars that are not made better by prosecution.
Fortunately, victims of crime can also recover through economic justice, the type of justice we seek in the civil courts.
The question then, is who does the victim recover against?
Most obviously, the crime victim has a right of action against the criminal. But very often criminals are uninsured, or unemployed, or behind bars, and do not possess the means to make their victims whole.
In cases like these, we can also look to where the crime happened.
For example, did the crime happen in an apartment complex? Did it happen in a night club, restaurant or bar? Did it happen on a cruise ship, airplane, or bus?
Businesses and properties that are open to the public owe duties to the public. They must provide a safe environment, and part of this duty is to protect those on its property from foreseeable crime.
Is the parking lot dark? Has the apartment complex been warned repeatedly about criminal activity on its property and not taken action? Did the night club hire a dangerous employee without properly checking his or her background?
In instances like these, the person or entity in control of the location may be liable for the crime by not fulfilling its duties of providing adequate security.
If your claim is successful, you could recover money for your medical expenses, missed time from work, and the pain, suffering, inconvenience, and lost enjoyment of life you have endured as a result.
If you have been a victim of a violent crime, we urge you to take the time to reach out to the personal injury attorneys and premise liability attorneys here at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee. Within minutes you will have an experienced attorney on the phone who can walk you through a series of questions to determine if you have a negligent security claim.