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Jury Finds Night Club Negligent; Awards Victim's Family $1.7 Million

Darnell Parker was shot and killed during an altercation at Studio A nightclub in 2008. Five years later, a jury has found Studio A negligent and awarded his mother and two children $1.7 million.

On the night of the incident, Parker had a verbal altercation with a young man and 15 minutes later, the assailant came back and shot him in the back.

Studio A recognized a risk of violence at the club, and hired four armed security guards to frisk patrons at the door. However, Studio failed to supervise the hired security, who did not frisk women, "VIPS" or men who are regular customers. As a result, a gun entered the club.

The Haggard Law Firm, which handled the case, argued that had supervision of security taken place, the gun would have never been allowed into the club and Parker's two children would still have their father.

Property owners have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for anyone who comes onto their property. This area of law is also known as premises liability, and it applies to owners of businesses, homes, apartments and other buildings, as well as public areas such as city parking lots. If you are injured or lose a loved one due to the negligence of a property owner, call the Miami-Dade law firm of Freidin Brown, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation for victims and family members of premises liability cases such as drowning, slip and fall accidents, and injuries caused by negligent or inadequate security.

At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Miami accident attorneys have been winning major awards and settlements for premises liability victims throughout Florida.

Here are some examples:

  • A multimillion-dollar jury verdict for the parents of a 4-year-old child who drowned at Disney World. This case solidified the duty that amusement parks have to their patrons to provide a safe environment. This case was resisted with all the might of the Disney Corporation through two trials and four appeals over nine years of litigation. It ultimately resulted in payment of the highest jury award ever entered against any Disney park to that date, and was the subject of national news coverage.

  • $1.1 million for a customs worker who suffered brain injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty air conditioning system at Miami International Airport.
  • $1.2 million for a store customer who was pistol-whipped on the head by a security guard and three months later suffered a stroke
  • $700,000 for a woman mugged and injured in Denny's parking lot.

For more information, please contact us.

Source: The Haggard Law Firm, "Haggard Law Firm Obtains $1.7 Million Verdict," Sept. 24, 2013.


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