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Man shot at Belle Glade Convenience Store. Did Negligent Security Play a Role?

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A yet to be identified man died after being shot at a convenience store in Belle Glade, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5:00pm on Thursday, February 22, at the 4th Street Store, located on the 300 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Deputies responding to the incident learned that the victim had been taken to a fire station by friends. The man was taken to a local hospital by Palm Beach County Fire rescue paramedics where he later died due to his injuries. Did negligent security play a role?

No Suspects; No Motive

Neither a suspect nor a motive is known at this time, said PBSO. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are investigating the shooting as a homicide, but no additional details have been disclosed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).

Did Negligent Security play a role in this Shooting?

We won’t know until the investigation is complete, but in Florida, one thing is for sure: laws require property owners to take reasonable steps to protect guests/customers from foreseeable dangers. For example, if a property owner knows that there is a high crime rate in the area, they may be required to install security cameras or hire security guards. If a crime does occur on the property, the victim and/or victim’s family may be able to sue the property owner for negligent security.

Duty of Care is Paramount

A property owner or occupier has a duty to take reasonable measures, and not breach their duty, to ensure the safety of those legally permitted to be on their premises. This duty is typically highest for invitees, which includes people like customers or patients, but also extends to licensees, such as delivery people or repairmen, and in some cases, even trespassers.

What is “Breach of Duty?”

A breach of duty occurs when the property owner fails to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those on their premises and someone is injured. For example, if there is known criminal activity in the area and the property owner does not take steps to address it, this could be considered a breach of duty if someone is subsequently attacked on the property.

Injured due to someone else’s Negligence? GOLDLAW has the Experience you need!

If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property because of their negligence in providing adequate security, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. The experienced negligent security lawyers at GOLDLAW can investigate your case and determine if you have a valid claim.

If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury caused by the negligent actions of a property owner, we encourage you to reach out to a GOLDLAW attorney as soon as possible At GOLDLAW, we have a deep understanding of Florida personal injury law, and we know what it takes to secure compensation for a premises liability and negligent security claim. For you COMPLIMENTARY case evaluation, “Choose the 2’s,” and call 561-222-2222, or click here to submit your case evaluation form.