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Injured During a Store Robbery: A Look at the Store’s Responsibility

Apr 13, 2018 | By , on Negligent Security.

Robberies can be dangerous and frightening experiences to endure, and you could be left seriously hurt if you are in a store that is robbed. In some cases, robberies are fatal for patrons or others who are present when a thief comes to a store to steal.

When a robbery causes injury or results in a fatality, those who have been harmed or family members of victims who lost their lives can face substantial financial and emotional damage. While the robber should face criminal charges for what he or she has done, trying to obtain compensation from the robber for the victims is typically not possible.

This does not mean victims and their loved ones must always go uncompensated for serious and costly damages. There are circumstances when a store can actually be held liable for a robbery and made to compensate those who were harmed in the incident. A Miami negligent security lawyer can provide help to those who were impacted by a robbery in understanding when a store could be held legally liable, so it is a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible when a violent incident occurs. 

Holding a Store Liable for Injuries in a Robbery

When a robbery occurs and causes injury, a store can be held responsible and made to compensate victims if the store failed to fulfill its basic obligations to maintain a reasonably safe premises. Premises liability laws govern the obligations of stores and other public buildings to keep patrons safe.

These premises liability laws don’t extend only to situations where stores fail to maintain their properties and slip-and-falls occur, even though that’s the type of situation most people think of when they think of laws protecting patrons who are hurt in public places.  Part of a property owner’s obligations may involve providing security to visitors.  If that’s the case, then a failure to provide that security can make a store liable for damages that occur as a direct result of that failure.

This doesn’t mean stores are expected to be able to protect patrons against every act of random violence. However, if a store was considered to be negligent in a way that led to the robbery occurring and the resulting injuries, then the victims can pursue a claim for damages. 

Whether a store was negligent or had sufficient security will depend upon the specifics of the situation. For example, if a store is in a high crime area and is prone to being robbed because of the products it sells or the way that it does business, that store may be expected to have more security to protect its patrons. If the store was lacking in the security that was necessary to make the premises reasonably safe for visitors, then the store could be held liable when a robbery causes harm.

Determining if a store failed to fulfill its obligations or not can be complicated. If you or a loved one was hurt in a robbery and you want to determine if the store could be held accountable for damages that occur, a Miami negligent security lawyer can provide you with a personalized case assessment. Contact an attorney for help as soon as possible to find out if the store can be held accountable for harm.

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