Could the stabbing at an Ithaca restaurant have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Two people were stabbed and injured inside a Ithaca, New York restaurant Wednesday night, February 26, 2020.
As reported by Ithaca.com, “At 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 26, deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stabbing at [a local] restaurant.”
According to the report, “[o]nce deputies arrived on the scene, they found two people stabbed in an altercation.”
IthacaVoice.com is reporting, “a bystander, 21-year-old Cornell student Nick Hudson, attempted to intervene and was subsequently stabbed…The altercation continued and another subject, 26-year-old Daquan Graves, was stabbed before the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.”
The incident remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this stabbing may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims and others at the time of the incident?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Nick Hudson and Daquan Graves may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that Nick Hudson and Daquan Graves retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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