A landowner owes a non-delegable duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Unfortunately, most businesses tend to put profits over people, and the results can be catastrophic.
Fast food restaurants are easy targets for robbers, and the restaurants employees and customers are at risk of injury. Most robberies occur during opening and closing when the restaurants are understaffed and money is not in the safe. It is during these critical hours that store and mall owners need to increase security. However, most store and mall owners view security as a needless expense, and often do not have adequate security in place.
Appropriate security procedures can be anything from surveillance cameras to actual security guards. The failure to have these security measures in place can lead to injuries and a lawsuit for negligent security.
Last monday at approximately 7:00 PM , 2 men began a series of robberies at local fast food restaurants. The targets included a Domino’s, two Wendy’s and two Burger Kings. Thankfully none of the employees were injured because they were ably to comply with the robbers requests. That is not always the case. Our firm had the honor of representing an unfortunate victim of a fast food restaurant robbery gone bad, The burglar entered the restaurant at closing time and demanded that the store employees open the register. Unfortunately, the cash register was inoperable(because owner was logged on remotely) and when our client was unable to comply with the robbers requests he was shot and paralyzed. With the help of some of the best experts in the country we proved that the store was in a high crime area that lacked adequate security measures, and that the national fast food franchise was negligent for requiring franchisees to run reports that disabled the cash register.
We were able to secure a $6.35 Million negligent security settlement for our client.