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 407-254-4901.