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ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Negligent Security

ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Unfortunately, it seems like every week these days we learn about another violent attack at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF.)  This week was no exception. According to the OrlandoSentinel.com website, an unidentified man was shot in the back when he was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of the Marquee Apartments located across the street from UCF.  Apparently the man robbed the victim, and shot him as he was trying to leave.  Unfortunately, the Marquee Apartments have been the scene of several violent crimes in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the victim of the shooting.  Nobody parks their car in a commercial parking lot in a college area and expects to be the victim of violence in apartments near UCF – and nobody should.  With all of the reported violent crimes in the area around UCF, one would think that the businesses in that area would be taking a serious look at security and making improvements. All businesses owe their patrons a duty to provide reasonable security under the circumstances.  If an area is particularly violent or crime-ridden, security measures will need to be heightened.  Many times this will mean that a business needs to employ additional security officers.  Sometimes it may mean installing gates, doors, or security cameras. It would be interesting to learn what the Marquee Apartment was doing in terms of security.  When the owners see their apartment complex named in multiple stories about violent crime over series of weeks or month, it would seem like they might be taking extraordinary measures to prove to the public that their complex is safe.  It clearly seems like they still have some work to do. If you have any questions regarding a violent attack at an apartment complex or any business or commercial enterprise, or if you want to learn about any aspect of a Florida negligent security case, please call Winter Park personal injury/wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit our website at...

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Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Negligent Security

Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

I read with great interest an article on WFTV.com describing a phenomenon that many apartment complex owners and managers say is impossible. On May 27th, Orange  County Sheriff Jerry Demings officiated a ceremony certifying the Beacon Hill Apartments as Orange County’s first Crime-Free Multi-Housing Complex.  The certification is the culmination of a three-phase project that took almost five years to complete. The project included multiple property upgrades such as door peepholes and fencing around the entire complex.  Applicant screening became much more rigid.  The property manager of Beacon Hill indicated that it took tens of the thousands of dollars to achieve the certification. I say, “Bravo” to the owners and managers of Beacon Hill.  When we bring negligent security cases against apartment complexes after our clients have been shot, raped, or otherwise assaulted, the complexes always say that they cannot afford to put increased security measures in place.  They always say that they would have to drastically increase rents to make their properties as safe as we would like them to be.  Or, they say that the complexes are just located in dangerous neighborhoods, and therefore tenants should expect a certain level of crime. The Beacon Hill experience tells us that these arguments are nonsense.  If an apartment complex is seriously committed to providing a safe environment for residents and guests, it can make it happen.  It might take some effort, and will almost undoubtedly cost some money.  However, these seem like small prices to pay to provide a safe place for our children to grow up, and for our elderly to live out their golden years. Here’s hoping that Beacon Hill remains a Crime Free Complex, and that other apartment complexes in Central Florida (and particularly those with reputations for crime and violence) follow suit. If you have any questions regarding a Florida apartment shooting, rape, or assault, or a claim for negligent security, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill for a free consultation at...

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Was Defective Tire To Blame For Interstate 4 Rollover Disaster?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Dangerous Products, Motor vehicle accidents

Was Defective Tire To Blame For Interstate 4 Rollover Disaster?

Was a defective tire responsible for a blowout accident that caused the wrongful death of a Longwood man last Friday? This was the first question that popped into my mind after reading an article on the WESH.com website describing the tragic death of Miguel Javier Figueroa Marzan, age 19, from Longwood. According to the article, Mr. Marzan was riding with a friend in a 1999 Ford SUV being driven by Marcus Grubb of St. Petersburg.  As the group drove through Lakeland on Interstate 4 heading toward Orlando, the right rear tire of the vehicle blew out, causing the vehicle to roll several times. Apparently, Mr. Marzan and Kezra Johnson were both ejected.  Mr. Marzan tragically died, while Ms. Johnson and Mr. Grubb were both seriously injured As an Orlando accident attorney, I know that rollover accidents like this one are often caused by defective tires.  After all, tires are literally “where the rubber meets the road” when it comes to safe driving. (You can click here to watch a short video I shot with safety tips to avoid tire blowouts.) If a defective tire was to blame for this Lakeland rollover accident, the victims will want to make sure and retain any pieces or remnants of the tire that they can.  Also, it would be smart to retain the crashed vehicle as well.  In a tire defect case, these pieces of evidence can be critical to proving a case. If you have any questions regarding a Florida rollover crash or defective tire case, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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