Convenience stores are often the site of violent crimes in Miami. If you work at such a business and are injured in an attack, you may wonder if the store’s owner is liable beyond what he or she is required to provide through workers’ compensation. While each of these cases is unique, the state of Florida does set limitations on premises liability regarding convenience stores.
According to state’s laws regarding tortious actions, if the owner or operator of commercial convenience location takes sufficient steps to bolster his or her store’s security, then he or she may be immune to liability from the actions of third parties. The steps required to gain such immunity are outlined in Florida State Statutes 812.173 and 812.174. They include:
- Equipping stores with safety cameras and a silent arm.
- Maintaining a well-lit parking lot.
- Offering an unobstructed view of the inside of the store. This extends to limiting the amount of tint allowed on store windows.
- Implementing cash management policies such as having an on-site safe, signs indicating that cashiers carry less than $50 and limiting the amount of cash on-hand after 11:00 p.m.