Martzell, Bickford & Centola is happy to announce the settlement of an inadequate security case for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our client, a military veteran, was working as a cashier at a convenience store late one night and was shot during the course of an armed robbery. The shooting caused catastrophic injuries. Our firm sued the company that owned the convenience store alleging that the owner failed to provide adequate security measures in place in a high crime area, such as by requiring the cashier to be placed behind bullet-proof glass after certain hours when it was foreseeable that injury caused by third-party criminal conduct could occur.
The premises owner argued to the court that it should be dismissed from the lawsuit before the case goes before a jury arguing that only the employer should be held responsible. We were able to defeat this attempt to escape liability by showing that the premises owner was involved in the operations of the convenience store on a daily basis and the case against it should therefore go before a jury. The trial court agreed with us and rejected the premises owner's argument. This gave us the leverage we needed to reach a favorable result for our client.