West Palm Beach premises liability attorneys know that claims of negligent security require plaintiffs to show that third-party criminal acts that occurred on property were foreseeable by the property owner/operator and therefore preventable.
But that’s not the only element. It’s also important to make sure the right party is being sued. This is not always as straightforward as it sounds, particularly in dealing with the nightclub scene. You may be dealing with several property owners, promoters, private security firms and public security agencies. In some cases, each one of these entities may have a hand in the negligence. It’s important that the plaintiff’s legal team conducts a thorough investigation to determine which parties had a legal duty to the plaintiff.
While a person generally has no legal duty to protect another from third-party criminal acts, property owners do have a responsibility to use ordinary care to protect invitees from criminal acts if the risk of such acts is foreseeable.