A tenant is suing an Orlando apartment complex owner, alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress on the plaintiff due to a sexual assault.
The woman filed a complaint Dec. 6 in Orange County Circuit Court against the owners of an apartment complex, alleging the property controllers negligently failed to maintain a safe environment for its tenants.
According to the complaint, on May 31, 2017, the woman was legally in her apartment unit in Orlando when when an unknown man opened a damaged/broken sliding glass door while she was sleeping. The suit says the woman was attacked and sexually assaulted, leading to severe physical and mental trauma, plus continuing medical expenses.
The woman says the property owners failed to repair a damaged/broken glass sliding door despite numerous complaints and failed to install adequate security cameras.
There are terrible incidents of sexual assaults, muggings and other violent crimes that happen in apartments and other public places. Sadly, many of these incidents occur because of inadequate or negligent security. The law requires property owners to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment for anyone who is on the property. This includes hiring security, placing security cameras, installing locks, repairing broken/damaged property conditions, and more. A property owner has a legal obligation to protect people against known dangers.
Many victims of violent crimes suffer emotional and mental injuries that far outlive their physical injuries. Victims may suffer from significant depression and post traumatic stress disorders that leave them unable to resume their daily routines and activities for extended periods of time. Because of this, it is imperative that any person who was the victim of a violent attack due to a property owner’s negligence gets the legal help they need before the statute of limitations expires.