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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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Winter Garden Man Killed Outside Tampa Hotel – So What Did Hotel Know About Danger?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Negligent Security

Winter Garden Man Killed Outside Tampa Hotel – So What Did Hotel Know About Danger?

I was extremely saddened to see a story on the WESH website about the tragic death of Agustin Osorio at a Tampa Extended Stay hotel last weekend.  Apparently, Mr. Osorio was in the parking lot of the hotel, where he was staying as a guest while working on a construction project, when a man approached him, demanded cash, and shot him. I can only imagine the devastation that Mr. Osorio’s family is feeling.  After all, this man was spending time away from family and friends in Tampa to earn a living, not be killed by an act of senseless violence. If I was a member of the Osorio family, I would want to know what this Extended Stay hotel knew about the crime and violence in the surrounding area.  I would want to know if there had been any robberies, attempted robberies, or other acts of violence on the hotel premises in the past.  Importantly, I would want to know everything that the hotel had in place in terms of security to keep its guests safe from this kind of thing. If the hotel did not take all of this kind of information about danger into account, and take reasonable steps or measures to provide security and protect guests, the hotel (and any business similarly situated) could be held liable for damages (in this case, for wrongful death) by way of a negligent security claim. If you have questions regarding a negligent security, or wrong death, claim, call Winter Park negligent security lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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