In a similar situation to this story and now wondering “Can I sue for being shot?” continue reading below for a lawyer commentary from attorney Brian Kent.
According to NBC Chicago, a man who was refused service on Wednesday at a Burger King located at 1048 Sibley Rd, Dolton, IL 60419 retaliated by shooting an employee in the arm.
A nearby witness recalls that at around 11:15, the suspect tried to walk through the Burger King drive-thru and began banging on the window. The employee did not serve the man and later walked outside to diffuse the situation. At this point, the suspect drew his weapon and shot the employee in the arm.
The employee, who sustained injuries, was immediately taken to the hospital. The drive-thru is monitored by video surveillance, but it is unclear whether or not the fleeing suspect could be identified.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent specializes in civil cases dealing with victims of violent crimes. Below he has offered to share some of his insight on the legal routes that victims and their families may choose to follow.
“Property owners are bound by law to provide safety to all of their customers and employees who are on the premises. To do this, they must provide adequate security measures on-site, which may include things like video surveillance and parking lot lighting at night. If and when someone is injured by a violent crime and security is not offered, a property owner may be held liable,” Mr. explains.
“Nonetheless, showing that there was inadequate security is not enough. Usually, a crime victim attorney must provide proof that the crime that occurred was reasonably foreseeable in nature as well. For instance, if a restaurant owner is aware of prior crime in the area and does not take proper precaution and then someone is injured in a shooting, he or she may be made liable for the crime. In all, both failed security measures and reasonably foreseeable crimes are required for there to be grounds for a valid lawsuit,” Mr. Kent states.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a restaurant shooting, you can learn more about the legal steps to can take by speaking with one of our experienced crime victim lawyers today.