Florida Jury Awards $3.2 Million Premises Liability Wrongful Death Award to Estate of Man Killed at West Palm Beach Apartment Complex
In Florida, a Palm Beach County jury awarded the estate of a man murdered at a West Palm Beach apartment $3.2 million for his wrongful death. The defendant in the Florida premises liability wrongful death case was Haverhill Affordable Housing and Picerne Management, the management company and owner of the complex where Corey Beckford died. The 32-year-old father of four was shot to death on April 10, 2007 at Saddlebrook Apartments. This was not the first murder at the complex. In 2005, a 25-year-old man died and his nine-year-old daughter was injured after being shot by a masked gunman. Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute: 768.19 Right of action.--When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters, and the event would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued, the person or watercraft that would have been liable in damages if death had not ensued shall be liable for damages as specified in this act notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although death was caused under circumstances constituting a felony. The managers and owners of the many housing and apartment complexes and retirement centers in Florida are responsible for keeping their properties safe for residents and visitors. Adequate security measures, such as locks on entrances and windows, proper lighting, alarm systems, security cameras, security gates, and security guards, must be in place—especially on a premise where there has been a history of crimes committed on the property or in the surrounding area. When failure to take the necessary steps to prevent crimes from happening occurs, the injury victim of the estate/family members of the deceased can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit based on premises liability and/or inadequate security. Contact our Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers to discuss your case. The 2007 Florida Statutes Related Web Resource: Saddlebrook Apartment Homes, Yahoo.com The personal injury law firm of The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. represents injury and wrongful death clients in cities across South Florida.