Fort Lauderdale Hotel Sexual Assault Attorney
Sexual assaults are devastating and can alter a person’s life. If you were assaulted at a hotel or motel in the Fort Lauderdale area, the owner of the hotel or motel may be responsible for your injuries, and you may be able to file a negligent security claim. In addition, if a fault lock on a door or window contributed to the assault being possible, the designer or manufacturer of the defective safety device may bear some responsibility. Our experienced and compassionate Fort Lauderdale hotel sexual assault attorneys can help you to determine who may be liable and to file a lawsuit against one or more parties.
What Are Hotel Sexual Assaults in Fort Lauderdale?
Hotel sexual assaults can occur in any part of a hotel or motel: in a customer’s room, in a shared or common area of the hotel, or even in the parking lot or parking garage. Hotel and motel owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for guests and had adequate security measures. In order for a hotel or motel owner to be liable for injuries from a sexual assault on the premises due to negligent security, you must be able to show that the sexual assault on the premises was foreseeable to the hotel or motel owner.
To prove that a sexual assault on the premises was foreseeable, you may be able to use evidence of the high rate of sexual assaults in hotels and motels more broadly, or you may be able to gather specific evidence that the hotel or motel where you were assaulted has a history of one or more sexual assaults on the premises. Or, you may be able to prove liability by showing that the hotel or motel knew of a broken light in the parking area or a broken door or window lock on a hotel room, making a sexual assault more likely on the premises.
Causes of Fort Lauderdale Sexual Assaults
The following are some common issues that may result in a hotel or motel being responsible for a sexual assault on the property:
- Failure to repair a broken window;
- Failure to repair a broken door;
- Failure to repair a broken lock on a door or window to a hotel or motel room;
- Failure to maintain adequate lighting in outdoor areas, including parking lots and parking garages;
- Failure to staff common areas; or
- Failure to hire security after previous incidents.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Hotel Sexual Assault Attorneys Today
If you were sexually assaulted at a hotel or motel in the Fort Lauderdale area, whether you were in your room or in the parking lot, or in another area of the property, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the hotel or motel owner or another party. A hotel sexual assault attorney at our firm can speak with you about your case. Contact Boone & Davis today for more information about how we can help you.