A 16-year old boy was shot in the head in a Mercy Drive apartment complex on New Year’s Eve in Orlando, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. Although the boy’s name has not been released, it appears that the boy will survive the shooting. According to the report, the boy was shot just outside the front door of his unit at the Bordeaux Apartment complex. Apparently, several shots were fired and at least one shot hit the boy in the head. Unfortunately, this kind of event is not isolated in West Orlando. It seems like the media reports a shooting in that area practically every weekend. Unfortunately, the corporations who own businesses, and especially apartment complexes, don’t seem to know (or care) about how this violence affects the people living in the area. If the apartment complexes did their homework, one would think that they would provide adequate security measures to keep these things from happening, or at least to discourage shootings from happening. All businesses, including apartment complexes, have a duty to know the characteristics for violent crime on their premises and in the surrounding areas. In response to this information, businesses have a duty to take measures to keep residents and guests reasonably safe given the level risk of violence. If a business does not use reasonable care, a claim for negligent security can be pursued. We certainly hope that the young man injured over the New Year’s holiday makes a speedy and full recovery from his injuries. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a potential Florida negligent security case, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. There is never a fee to have your questions...Read More »
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