South Florida Homicide Raises Negligent Security Issues

If you live in south Florida you may recall the very tragic case of a 19-year-old chef who was murdered in her apartment in the City of Oakland Park last year. On June 3rd, 2014 police say that the killer entered through a sliding-glass door and stabbed the victim several times. Then he stole her wallet.

The victim’s family is now suing the owners of the Bridgewater Place gated apartment complex where the horrible crime occurred as well as a security company for failing to provide adequate security, proper lighting, and sufficient locks. These elements are all part of an area of law known as security negligence and premises liability and Florida Statute 768 covers these issues.

The Chapter is very broad and covers the many responsibilities imparted to a property owner as well as limits to liability. For example, certain types of property must have adequate security lighting and security cameras. Another responsibility of property owners is to ensure that their employees have been screened by running a background check.

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Florida Medical Malpractice Caps Ruled Unconstitutional

Florida Medical Malpractice Caps Ruled Unconstitutional
How do you relate pain and suffering to someone? You can use hand motions like rubbing your forehead and say “Wow, I have a terrible headache!” But that only goes so far, the person you are communicating with has no idea how you feel. Maybe they have never even had a headache and haven’t a clue.

Now imagine having your esophagus perforated during a routine surgical procedure, then having everything you eat or drink leak through to your chest cavity. Then your condition worsens and you are in a coma for 6 weeks and in intensive care for an additional 3 months.

How do you relate that kind of pain and suffering to someone? It’s difficult.

Finally, imagine after all that suffering, you present your case in court. Then because of medical malpractice caps on damages you are denied the compensation you deserve. The judge or jury’s opinion on what you are entitled to becomes irrelevant. That is what happened to the victim who suffered those tragic events.

It’s just not right!

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