Yesterday, we finished a six day trial in Miami Dade County involving negligent security and premises liability, with the jury awarding our client the sum of $1,826,000.00 for her personal injuries, including her medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering which they decided were caused by the apartment’s management company’s negligence in failing to protect her from reasonably foreseeable crime.
An intruder attacked our client while she was on the apartment’s property. The intruder was able to access the apartment complex due to their failure to have the appropriate deterring fences, failing to have a security guard on the property 24 hours a day, and by failing to inform the residents that there had been over 150 incidents of crime or police activity on the property for the prior three years.
After litigating the case for over two years, we went to trial because the apartment company failed to make an offer on the case. After hearing all of the evidence, including the multiple failures of the management company’s employees to follow their company’s internal policies and procedures, the jury determined that the management company negligent.
This case shows why hard work and faith in the jury system pays off.