Could the stabbing death at a Lakewood bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: TheNewsTribune.com has identified the victim as “Trevor Douglas Petersen, 31.”
A man was stabbed at a Lakewood, Washington bar parking lot early Saturday morning, November 6, 2021.
As reported by Q13Fox.com, “[a]t about 1 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a stabbing at the Oaktree Food and Drink at 8011 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest.”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers got to the scene, they found a 31-year-old man with stab wounds in the parking lot. Life-saving measures were performed on the man but he died from his injuries at the scene.”
KIRO7.com is reporting, “the victim had been in an argument with three men at the bar. The fight spilled out into the parking lot, where the victim was stabbed.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this incident may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the incident?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Trevor Douglas Petersen may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the family of Trevor Douglas Petersen retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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