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Could this senseless loss of life have been prevented, and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Lyons’ family?

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Gunfire erupted outside Sullivan’s Sports Bar Friday morning, June 22, 2018, tragically claiming the life of Errol Lyons, according to WKRN reports.

Responding officers apparently discovered Mr. Lyons “lying in the parking [lot]” at “around 1 a.m. at Sullivan’s Sports Bar on President Place,” WSMV reports.  Mr. Lyons was transported to StoneCrest Medical Center, where he succumbed to fatal injuries.

Did negligent security contribute to this Smyrna sports bar shooting? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. Lyons’ family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Tennessee, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.

Our Legal Take

Bar and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and off-duty police patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Lyons at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the sports bar or parking lot owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Mr. Lyons’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Property Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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ChildClimbingCourse-200x300Thousands of kids will head off to camp this summer, a childhood rite of passage where long lasting friendships and memories will be made. When selecting the right summer camp, many focus on fun activities and amenities, but it’s important to look beyond the shiny brochure and beautiful grounds. All too often children are injured at camp due to avoidable safety risks, such as under staffing, over crowding, a lack of staff training, or unsafe property conditions.

Parent Safety Questions for Camp

The American Camp Association, a voluntary camp accreditation service, urges parents to ask questions when selecting a summer camp for their children:

  • What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis?
  • What is the camp director’s background?
  • What training do counselors receive?
  • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
  • What are the ages of the counselors?
  • What are desired qualities in camp staff?
  • What percentage of the counselors returned from last year?
  • How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?
  • How does the camp handle special needs?
  • How does the camp handle homesickness and other adjustment issues?
  • What about references?
  • Does the American Camp Association accredit the camp?

Additional questions may include:

  • How does the camp handle, communicate and respond to individual camper safety needs, such as allergies?
  • What is the camp’s policy for inclement weather safety?
  • What water safety measures are in place to protect campers?
  • How does the camp avoid and respond to heatstroke and dehydration? How often are campers given rest and water breaks during hot days?
  • When were property facilities and structures last inspected?
  • What screening measures and background checks are performed on camp staff?

Safety Measures for Campers

While camp owners and directors are ultimately responsible for providing a safe and secure premises for children, SafeKids urges parents to discuss personal safety concerns with children directly before they head off to camp. Conversations may include:

  • Campers should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Summer days can get very hot, especially when humidity is high and few clouds are in the sky. If a child doesn’t drink enough water, heatstroke and dehydration can occur. Remind your child of the importance of drinking water throughout the day.
  • Make sure that your child doesn’t swim unless the pool is supervised by adults. The pool can be a potentially dangerous place, especially since some kids may not know how to swim well. Children should never be swimming unless there are lifeguards and/or counselors watching over the pool, so make sure that your child doesn’t enter the water unless there’s adult supervision.
  • Remind your child to be watchful when walking near streets on field trips. Make sure that your camper knows to stay on the sidewalk and look both ways before crossing the street. Additionally, make sure that they don’t get distracted with mobile devices.

Summer Camp Safety Negligence: Families Know Your Rights

By law, property owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. This responsibility is paramount when overseeing the safety and security of children. For example, should camp directors have knowledge of a potential safety risk, they have a duty to take reasonable security precautions to protect campers under their care. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Property Safety Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and apartment security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:



If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

(The Chicago Tribune)

Whether attending a performance at a large stadium, outdoor music festival, or small nightclub, concert goers have a right to feel safe and secure inside the venue and on the property grounds. Concert facilities present inherent security challenges, given frequently low-levels of lighting, loud music, and (often) impaired guests. Disturbingly, many facilities do not have procedures in place to respond to incidents of sexual assault and harassment.

Our Music My Body, a Chicago-based advocacy campaign, promotes “fun and consensual music experiences for all.” The campaign recently surveyed over 500 concert goers on experiences of harassment at music venues. The Chicago Tribune released the findings in March 2018:

“For the 92 percent of females who said they had been harassed in music spaces, the incidents included experiences of spoken harassment, groping, sexual gestures, stalking, being yelled at and being photographed or videoed without permission. Thirty-one percent of male fans experienced both physical and nonphysical harassment, according to the survey, and 60 percent of transgender attendees reported physical homophobic or transphobic violence.”

When asked what security measures they would like to see implemented in the future, “99 percent of the respondents would feel more comfortable if venues had increased security, with 84 percent preferring that staff and security be trained in violence prevention and crisis intervention. Seventy-five percent of respondents want venues and festivals to increase signage that clarifies anti-harassment policies, and 62 percent hope venues create a designated safe space for those being harassed to go and still be able to enjoy the show.”

Victims of Music Venue Violence: Know Your Rights

Concert goers have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. By law, concert facility owners have a duty to protect guests from any foreseeable harm.

Music venues are encouraged to implement property security precautions and preventative measures to protect guests and reduce property violence, sexual assault, injuries and deaths. Security measures may include, metal detectors, bag checks, clear bag requirements, bright lighting in parking lots, bathroom attendants, monitored surveillance cameras, indoor and outdoor security staff, clearly marked exits, and emergency response training for all staff.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.

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