We wanted to start this blog on verdicts and settlements as a tool to assist attorneys value their cases. These awards do not mean that your personal injury case will have the same value as each of the cases mentioned below, but, by aggregating these verdicts and settlements, we begin to get a general idea what juries and adjusters may do. We also learn about some of the defense verdicts out there, which helps us understand which arguments and factual combinations are least effective. Today we bring you a negligent security verdict.
Trying cases to a jury is an art, not a science. Therefore, what you are able to obtain for your client is largely related to your jury, the facts of your case, and your ability to put together a passionate and persuasive story. May we all try more cases to juries, for receiving an award from your peers is the best kind of justice.
PREMISES LIABILITY-NEGLIGENT SECURITY
NEARLY $1,000,000 AWARDED BY FLORIDA JURY TO A MAN ROBBED AT WAFFLE HOUSE
Facts: On April 19, 2014, Steve Long was at a Waffle House in Ft. Myers when he was attacked and robbed by three assailants. Plaintiff argued that Waffle House lacked security in an area known for rampant crime. The restaurant argued that Mr. Long was negligent for refusing to give the assailants his money or car keys, and denied that the area was known for crime. The Defense also raised questions as to Mr. Long’s credibility as a result of some contradictory testimony about the incident.
Injuries: Mr. Long suffered facial fractures and minor traumatic brain injury.
Award/Settlement: The jury found Waffle House liable for the Plaintiff’s injuries and awarded $907,212.
Venue: U.S. District Court, Fort Myers
Cause of Action: Negligent Security
Case: Long v. East Coast Waffles, 2:16-cv-00322-PAM-MRM