Did a security failure contribute to this unconscionable parking garage sexual assault and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed at a Cleveland, Ohio parking garage, Thursday evening, February 14, 2019. According to Fox8.com, “it happened at 7 p.m. Thursday at a 630 Prospect Avenue parking garage.” The news story reports, “a 51-year-old woman said after entering the garage, the suspect attacked and sexually assaulted her. He then forced her into her vehicle before attempting to drive off, crashing the vehicle.” After crashing, “[t]he man then took property from the woman,” according to the news story.
Cleveland19.com reported on the safety conditions of the garage after the initial sexual assualt. According to that report, “some levels were well lit, and others were rather dark…[w]e checked out every floor and we couldn’t find any security cameras.”
The investigation is ongoing according to media reports.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Parking garage 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 unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
- How did the assailant gain entry?
- Have there been prior incidents on property?
- What security measures, such as security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the assault?
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 garage owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her injuries and suffering.
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 retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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