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If Injured In A Robbery, Can You Seek Compensation?


If Injured In A Robbery, Can You Seek Compensation?Florida is home to more than 19.5 million people, making it the 4th most heavily populated state in the nation. And while there’s plenty to love about the state, it isn’t without its problems. The high population means that there is naturally a higher amount of crime than in some other states. While the odds of you being injured in a robbery are slim, it could still happen. And if it does, it’s important to know what kind of rights you have.

First, remember that you should be able to seek compensation of some kind against the perpetrator. Once they’re caught – and the odds are good that they’ll be caught – you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them and get some compensation for your injuries. But what about the store you were injured in?

Years ago, Florida lawmakers took the initiative to put strict convenience business security requirements in place. About 6 percent of robberies within the state happen at convenience store, and the rationale was that the right security measures would help to deter a robbery attempt.

Today, that means that if you’re injured in a convenience store robbery and the store doesn’t meet all of the appropriate security regulations, there is a chance you can seek financial compensation from the business as well. Here are the main security requirements a store must have.

• Low tint windows that allow a clear view outside the store – signs can’t obstruct the view

• A silent alarm connected directly to either a private security firm or the police

• Security cameras in place and operational

• Signs making announcements that the store registers only keep $50 or less

• Well-lit parking lots

• If a store has been the victim of a previous criminal act, two employees must be on shift together between 11pm and 5am. Plus, there must be one additional security measure in the store. This additional measure could be a security guard, bullet resistant glass barriers between the register and the public, or something else entirely.

When these things are in place, it reduces the chance of a criminal act and absolves the store of responsibility for injuries other victims in the store may incur during a robbery. Not installing the proper security measures, however, is an act of negligence on the part of the store owners. And since negligence is the key element in proving fault in a personal injury case, it makes it possible to seek compensation.

That doesn’t mean that if you’re caught in the act of a robbery that you should start scanning the store to see if they meet all of these requirements. Instead, you’re better off trusting that job to a personal injury lawyer. They can take the time to investigate the crime and what steps the store owner took to prevent it from occurring. You can focus on recovering from your injuries while a professional legal team handles the task of getting you the compensation you’re owed.

We have offices in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Venice, and throughout the rest of Florida, and our team has more than 100 years’ experience in personal injury law. If you’ve been injured in a robbery and think that the store owner may not have taken the right preventative measures, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

If Injured In A Robbery, Can You Seek Compensation?

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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