McDonald's found liable in negligent security lawsuit: Part I

McDonald's found liable in negligent security lawsuit: Part I

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.

A similar 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

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