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According to WUSA9, a man was stabbed in the neck at Georgetown Suites Hotel located at 1111 30th St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
The police arrived at the scene at 3:41 am on August 19th. Upon arrival, the officers found a man on the ground suffering from a neck stab wound. The police confirmed he was conscious and breathing. He was then transported to the hospital immediately.
The police found the suspect and arrested him. The events leading up to the altercation have not been disclosed.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville, an experienced criminal violence lawyer, represents victims of stabbings and their families in civil lawsuits. In an interview, we asked Laurence to provided insight into the rights of victims stabbed on commercial property.
Are property owners obligated to protect people in and around the area?
“Property owners have a legal obligation to protect the patrons on their property. Property owners are responsible for providing adequate security on their property to ensure safety and prevent violent crime. Examples of adequate security are a well-lit atmosphere, security cameras, and security guards, but there are more. If someone on the property is injured and the owners failed to provide adequate security, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.”
How could a property owner be considered liable?
“If the crime in which the victim was injured was reasonably foreseeable or the property owner was negligent, a property owner could be considered liable. A crime can be considered foreseeable if previous violent crimes occurred on or around the property, and no security improvements were made. If a victim’s lawyer can prove that the crime was preventable and only occurred due to inadequate security, the property owner could be considered liable.”
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