It is each business owner’s responsibility to provide a reasonable
level of security in order to protect the physical premises and everyone
on it. What constitutes “reasonable” security for a given
business depends on numerous factors including the type of business, its
location and known security risks based on previous experiences.
One of the most prominent premises liability lawsuits of the last few years
alleging negligent security was the case involving a man who was nearly
beaten to death in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium. Earlier this month,
a Los Angeles jury awarded the victim $18 million, most of which will
be paid by the Dodgers.
premises liability trial was recently decided in Texas. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged
that a McDonald’s location near the Texas A&M University campus
was liable for the deaths of two teenagers in 2012.
According to news sources, two friends were walking through the McDonald’s
parking lot when they were suddenly attacked by a mob numbering 20 or
more people. It is unclear why the mob had been assembled in the first
place, but fights were apparently common. Police had been called approximately
20 times in the previous year to break up fights in or near that parking lot.
After being beaten by the mob, the two young men were put into a car and
driven to the hospital by their girlfriends. On the way, however, they
were involved in a car accident. When all was said and done, one of the
women and one of the beating victims had died. The woman’s death
was caused by the car accident, but plaintiffs alleged that the other
victim had been beaten to death in the McDonald’s parking lot.
Please check back later this week as we continue our discussion.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "
$27 Million Award Against McDonald's," David Lee, July 31, 2014