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Miami-Dade Jury Awards Family $8 Million For Florida Wrongful Death of a Man Shot at an Apartment Complex Because of Inadequate Security

In Miami-Dade County, the family of Starsky Garcia has been awarded $8 million for his Florida wrongful death. Garcia was shot to death in the parking lot of The Arbors, a North Miami Beach apartment complex, two years ago. The 27-year-old’s body was discovered at around 4:30am on December 9, 2006. Garcia had gone to The Arbors to visit a friend. The shooter has yet to be found, but on November 21, 2008, a Florida jury held the apartment complex’s managers and owners civilly liable for failing to provide proper security at the apartment complex. According to the family’s Florida wrongful death lawyers, Maxx Property failed in its duty to provide adequate security on the premise when it neglected to install surveillance cameras and security guards at The Arbors complex despite the fact that crime was growing in the area. Police, in fact, recorded 9 assaults, 24 burglaries, 2 robberies, and 3 shootings that took place at The Arbors between 2002 and 2006. The personal injury attorneys also noted that the property owners’ failure to repair the apartment complex’s broken security gates and a fallen fence made it easy for anyone to enter the premise and commit a crime. Maxx Properties has denied engaging in any wrongdoing leading to Garcia’s death. Premises Liability Apartment complex owners and managers are supposed to implement the proper safety measures to prevent residents and visitors from becoming the victims of crimes. When inadequate security leads to crimes being committed on a premise, the property owner and/or manager can be held liable for Florida premises liability or wrongful death. Recent crimes that have occurred at Florida apartment complexes include: • Shootings • Stabbing crimes • Carjacking • Murder • Sexual assault Related Web Resources: Premises Liability Overview, Justia.com

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