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Lawsuit filed against Rite Aid after parking lot attack

In previous posts, we have discussed the duty that property owners have when it comes to maintaining safe premises. This doesn't just include clearing walkways and fixing broken light fixtures; it also includes having adequate security.

Unfortunately, there are situations where these measures are missing or inadequate and visitors on the property end up paying the price for that negligence. Under certain circumstances, victims of dangerous conditions can take legal action against the property owner and other parties. This is the route one man chose after he was attacked in a drug store parking lot in another state.

According to reports, a 28-year-old man who works as a model/actor was leaving a Rite Aid drug store last Thanksgiving when he told the driver of a car to slow down in the parking lot. In response, the car's driver turned and sped toward the man, hitting him. The man was knocked to the ground and then beaten by the two occupants of the car.

He suffered extensive injuries, including broken bones that have left one of his arms disfigured and weak. 

The assailants were ultimately caught and arrested and are now named in a lawsuit filed by the victim.

Rite Aid has also been named in the suit. According to the claim, the store failed to properly hire and supervise security guards on the premises. In fact, there was reportedly a guard on the scene at the time of the attack, but he did nothing to intervene and stop the assault. He is also accused of breaching his duty to protect people on store grounds.

While this case took place in another state, it should serve as a reminder to people right here in Florida that there are legal options for holding accountable a negligent party in the aftermath of a similar situation. Discussing these options with an attorney can be critical in pursuing compensation and closure.

Source: My News LA, "Is Rite Aid's security to blame for model/actor's WeHo parking lot beating?" Hillary Jackson, Oct. 13, 2015

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