Did a security failure contribute to the tragic loss of Eric Hernandez and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Hernandez’s family?
Gunfire rang out in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday night, February 13, 2019, leaving one man shot and killed.
According to AZCentral.com, “Eric Hernandez, 34, was outside a…restaurant near 19th Avenue and Baseline Road when about 8 p.m. a man approached him and asked to borrow his cellphone.” The news story alleges “Hernandez gave his cellphone to the man, who then ran away with it.” Mr. Hernandez chased the suspect and according to Fox10Pheonix.com, “that’s when the suspect turned around and shot Hernandez.” Mr. Hernandez later succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital the news story reports.
Media outlets report that a suspect has been identified and authorities are asking the public for help finding the suspect.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on near the property?
- Was the suspect seen on the property before the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright parking lot lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Hernandez at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the parking lot owners or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Eric Hernandez may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. Hernandez’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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