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The obligations of property owners in physical and sexual assault cases consist of their legal duty to exercise reasonable care and to ensure persons are protected from the risk of harm while on the owners’ property. Failure to ensure certain standards of safety that lead to such an incident will trigger severe financial penalties for the property owners.
From corporal injuries to emotional scars, sexual or physical assault is a serious crime. The victim of the violent assault is entitled to pursue legal steps and seek compensation from any party whose negligence contributed to the assault. This means that the owner on whose property the assault occurred can be held liable for resulting damages.
In Florida, property owners and possessors owe different degrees of responsibility, duties, or obligation to people who come onto their property, depending on how such people are categorized. The law recognizes three main categories of individuals who might be on someone else's property:
A property owner needs to present the highest degree of care with regards to keeping the people on their property safe from danger and personal injury. A property owner:
The types of violent crimes that may occur on private property can include, without being limited to:
Property owners cannot willfully injure trespassers. If the owner is aware of the fact that there are frequent trespassers on the property, they will be liable for injuries caused by an unsafe condition on the property if:
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, the in-house team of professionals has extensive experience in assisting individuals who suffered serious personal injuries as a result of physical or sexual assaults.