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Could this violent Chesapeake Pizza Hut robbery have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Don Lee?

Local News

38-year-old Don Lee was shot and injured during an attempted robbery in a Chesapeake restaurant parking lot January 9, 2019.

According to WAVY 10, Mr. Lee and a woman were “approached by an armed suspect as they were leaving work…at a Pizza Hut.” The assailant “ordered them back inside the store and demanded money from the safe.” Mr. Lee suffered a gunshot wound to the neck during the course of the robbery. His current condition has not been released.

Our Legal Take

Restaurant employees 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 shooting may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime and protect patrons and employees 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 parking lot owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those who work and visit its premises, Don Lee may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries. Additionally, as Mr. Lee was apparently working at the time of the shooting, he may be entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence and workers’ compensation 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 retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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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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DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “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.

Could this fatal Kansas City Taco Bell parking lot shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Ms. Swygert’s family?

Local News

Gunfire erupted outside a Kansas City fast food restaurant Saturday evening, December 22, 2018, tragically claiming the life of 27-year-old Krystal Swygert.

According to FOX 4 KC, “someone shot [Ms.] Swygert in the parking lot then she ran into the [restaurant] for help.”

Police told The Kansas City Star, Ms. Swygert “was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital with what appeared to be minor, non-life-threatening injuries, but she later died during surgery.”

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive.

Our Legal Take

Restaurant 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 security measures, such as guarded entry, guest screening, surveillance cameras, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Swygert 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 restaurant or parking lot owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Krystal Swygert’s 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 Parking Lot 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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DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “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.

December 27, 2018

Houston News

23-year-old Taylor Phillips, a Houston Mother, was struck and killed by an allegedly impaired driver, according to ABC 13. Ms. Phillips’ mother, Carmen Rainer, and her 1-year-old son survived the accident.

According to FOX 5, “surveillance footage obtained from the bar in south Houston” where the individual was drinking reveals the impaired 19-year-old driver “had apparently been drinking for 6 hours before getting behind the wheel.” Police told media the business “surveillance shows he may have had 12 beverages in total including 3 shots of tequila.”

“Five bar employees who served [the driver] at [the location] were arrested and charged Wednesday for serving alcohol to a minor,” ABC 13 reports.

Our Legal Take

As the details of this tragedy continue to develop, and if the driver is found to be at fault, the family of Taylor Phillips may elect to file civil claims in her wrongful death. Additionally, the family may also pursue claims against the business owners, should they be found to have violated the law. Under Dram Shop laws, vendors selling alcohol may be held liable for an injury or death caused by an individual to whom alcohol was sold if the individual was (1) obviously intoxicated to a point that the individual was a clear danger to the safety of others; and, (2) the intoxication was the proximate cause of the inner or death.

Based upon its experience and success handling motor vehicle accident and dram shop liability cases, The Murray Law Firm suggests that the Phillips family should retain an experienced personal injury firm to protect their interests and ensure an unbiased investigation. Photographs of the vehicles and roadways involved and a review of traffic and bar surveillance footage will need to be performed immediately before any evidence is damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for its Clients, including for victims of motor vehicle accidents such as this one. 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 CALL NOW: 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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