Last Update: 7/13/2020
Democrat & Chronicle claims that on Wednesday around 6 p.m. two men entered the Wegman’s parking lot located on 2301 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY 14606 because of a road rage incident. Supposedly one of the drivers cut the other one-off while switching lanes.
In the parking lot the suspect, Levar Merritt, stabbed the victim in the neck and the leg. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Merritt was arrested at the scene for attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims and their families injured or killed during bar stabbings in civil lawsuits. Mr. Banville has generously offered to share his knowledge on the legal options available to these victims and their families.
“It is important to understand that all commercial property owners have to guarantee the safety of their employees and customers. In order to do this, property owners must supply adequate security, which may include things like video surveillance, security guards, and metal detectors. If adequate security is not provided and a customer is injured during a stabbing, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner”, explains Mr. Banville.
In addition, victims should understand that their attorney must be able to prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if a parking lot has an increase of violent crimes in the surrounding area, and the owner does not improve security, and then someone is injured or killed in a stabbing, he or she may then be held liable for the crime. Overall, a crime must be reasonably foreseeable and must have only occurred due to inadequate security for victims to have grounds for a lawsuit against a property owner.
If you or someone you love has experienced a situation similar to the one above and are wondering if you can sue someone for stabbing you, review your case with a crime victim attorney to discuss the possible legal options available to you.