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Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Negligent Security

Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

The wesh.com website is reporting that U.S. Marshalls in Georgia have captured a 21-year old  man accused of killing 23-year-old Antonio Jones at the Spring Manor Apartment complex in Ocala a couple of weeks ago.  Apparently, Mr. Jones and the shooter got involved in some kind of argument that unfortunately escalated into a shooting, and subsequent wrongful death. As an Orlando negligent security lawyer who has represented many people who have been shot (and sometimes the families of those who have been killed) in the common areas of apartment complexes, the most interesting part of the story from my perspective is the fact that the Spring Manor Apartments was also the scene of a shooting/murder in July 2013. As should be well-known to any regular reader of this blog, apartment complexes are legally responsible for securing their properties, residents, and guests based upon what they know about crime on their properties, as well as what they know about crime in the areas around their properties.  To me, having a shooting/murder occur at your apartment complex should tell the management at the apartment complex that something is lacking regarding security.  It would seem to me that a reasonable and responsible management organization would take steps to beef up security.  Such steps might include putting fencing around, and gates at the entrance of, the complex, and having more security guards patrolling the property and providing more of a visual deterrence. The senseless murder of Antonio Jones only happened 18 months after the prior murder.   I have to wonder how much security was in place at Spring Manor on December 29, 2014.  Evidently, not enough. If you have questions regarding an apartment complex shooting or negligent security case anywhere in Central Florida including Ocala, Orlando, or Winter Park, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Notice (Like This) Is Key Element In Florida Negligent Security Cases

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Negligent Security, Uncategorized

I saw an interesting story on the WFTV.com website that I thought provided a good illustration of how the concept of “notice” works in a Florida negligent security case. The story (see the video below) is about the rash of increasingly violent crimes being committed against University of Central Florida (UCF) students at an apartment complex across Alafaya Trail from the school. “Notice” is a concept that actually protects property owners in a case like this one.  If an apartment complex has no knowledge of, or reason to suspect, that frequent and increasingly violent criminal activity is occurring, it would be very difficult to hold the complex liable for damages if a resident or guest was injured, or worse. However, as the WFTV story shows, this particular Orlando apartment complex now has little room to argue that it doesn’t know about the crimes.  The interesting thing now will be what the apartment complex chooses to do about it.  Does the complex just operate “business as usual”, or does the complex beef up security by hiring additional guards, installing surveillance video cameras, or at least warning residents and guests of the frequent criminal activity? If you have any questions regarding a Florida negligent security case, or if you have been victimized as a resident or guest of an Orlando apartment complex, call Winter Park negligent security attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Security Guard Flees Scene Before Shooting, Leads To $55M Negligent Security Verdict

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Negligent Security

Security Guard Flees Scene Before Shooting, Leads To $55M Negligent Security Verdict

Once a security firm has been hired to provide security for a business like an apartment complex, the security firm owes residents and guests a duty to utilize reasonable care in the manner in which it provides those security services. When a security firm doesn’t use reasonable care, bad things are bound to happen. According to a piece on the InsuranceJournal.com website, a Southern California jury recently awarded a young man $55 million for a negligent security claim he brought against a private security firm after he was shot nine times at an apartment complex. Evidence in the case showed that the security guard assigned to the plaintiff’s apartment complex not only failed to break up a small party of men who were allegedly gang members, but also failed to warn the Plaintiff and others that the area where the gang was gathering was dangerous. According to the evidence at trial, after seeing the group of men, the security guard went to wait in his car, listened to the radio for a while, then left the scene. The plaintiff was 17 years old when he was shot. He has undergone 56 surgeries, has had both of his legs amputated, and has had almost 40 percent of his stomach removed. Although this case occurred in California, the same legal concepts regarding liability apply here in Florida. If the security company knew of a danger to the complex residents, it had a duty to either warn them or take measures to protect them. A failure to do so exposes the company to potential negligent security claim. If you or a loved one have been injured at a business that should have had better security, or have questions regarding a Florida negligent security claim, call Winter Park negligent security attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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