Boston 25 News reports that on early Sunday morning a stabbing occurred in the parking lot of a Best Western located at 395 Old Post Rd, Sharon, MA 02067. Five people were injured and taken to the hospital following the incident. Three of the victims have been released, while the others remain hospitalized.
Allegedly, 34-year-old Allison Maitland was involved in a car crash and then proceeded to stab multiple victims with a machete. No motive for this violent crime has been released, but Maitland has since been charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (serious injury) and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The Sharon police are still investigating the case and believe that there is no threat to the public now.
Have you been involved in a hotel stabbing? Or has someone close to you been injured in a similar situation? Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty works closely with victims of violent crime and below we have asked her to share some advice on the potential legal options available to stabbing victims and their families:
"Generally, commercial property owners are required by law to ensure the safety of their customers and employees. And in order to keep patrons safe from preventable dangers, then, these owners need to provide adequate security on site. So things like video surveillance and metal detectors may suffice, but there are many other options as well. Unfortunately, there are times when adequate security is not supplied and as a result someone may fall victim to a stabbing or another violent crime. Under these circumstances, the victim here may be able to bring a lawsuit against the property owner who may or may not have acted negligently in failing to offer proper security measures on the premises."
"Going forward, though, a violent crime victim's attorney is going to need to be able to prove more than just inadequate security in the face of a violent crime. In fact, he or she is going to have to show that the crime that occurred on the property was reasonably foreseeable in nature. This basically means that if a property owner did not install the necessary security to keep patrons safe despite hearing reports about rising violence nearby, he or she may be held liable for the crime inflicted upon the victim because it was reasonably foreseeable. Overall, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together for a violent crime victim to have a valid lawsuit against the property owner."
If you or someone you love has become a victim to a violent crime, like a hotel stabbing, please do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney now. One of our experienced violent crime victim attorneys will be glad to assist in answering any questions you may have!