Featuring historic Art Deco architecture and warm ocean breezes, South
Beach also offers upscale dining, designer shopping, and trendy cafes.
The thriving club scene puts on a show every night, enticing locals and
tourists alike to enjoy live music, dancing, drinks, and more. Despite
the area’s commercial prosperity (or maybe because of it), criminal
activity is pervasive.
Just ask Helen, Samantha, and Selene Rankin, three sisters who were beaten
unconscious and robbed in a parking garage at 10th Street and Collins
Avenue. Among them, the sisters suffered a back injury, a broken tooth,
a fractured hand, a broken nose, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
and dissociative identity disorder as a direct result of the trauma. No
criminal charges could be filed because the group that attacked them got
away. However, the sisters enlisted the services of personal injury attorneys
at Stabinski and Funt, P.A. who were able to secure a verdict of $1.8
million upon proving that the managers of the garage were responsible
for 95 percent of the negligence that caused the injuries. A sign in the
garage warned that it was under video surveillance, but also revealed
that the cameras were not continuously monitored. Furthermore, security
cameras in the elevators were never connected. This disregard of customer
safety occurred regardless of the fact that the garage had 31 separate
incidents of crime in the 22 months before the attack.
After a week-long trial, the jury agreed that the previous criminal activities
in the garage were sufficient to put the management company on notice
that there was a safety issue and they should have had better security
measures on the premises. The owner or manager of a business is responsible
for the safety of any person lawfully on the property and any events that
occur there. Property owners have a legal duty to provide adequate security
to protect their visitors from predictable criminal activity. When property
owners breach their duty of care and fail to avoid foreseeable security
lapses, innocent people can become victims of preventable crimes, including
robberies and assaults. Putting proper procedures in place deters crime.
Holding negligent property owners liable for inadequate security that results
in physical injury, psychological distress, or even death requires skilled
representation. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, the
South Florida negligent security attorneys of Stabinski & Funt, P.A.
have helped many people sort out their legal rights, responsibilities,
and remedies. For 45 years, we have been the trusted advocates for countless
personal injury victims and their families. We also work on a contingency
basis, which means that if there is no recovery, there is no fee or cost
to you. If you wish to learn more about how our firm can be of assistance
to you, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation by calling
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