Could This Tragic Loss of Life Have Been Prevented?
A shooting outside the Forest Ridge and the Vistas apartment complex reportedly claimed the life of 43-year-old Joseph Phill Smith Thursday night, November 23, 2017.
According to The Washington Post, gunfire erupted “shortly after 7 p.m. in a parking lot at the Forest Ridge and the Vistas apartments in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE.” Tragically, Mr. Smith succumbed to fatal injuries. A second victim suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” in the attack, per WTOP reports. His current condition has not been released.
Did negligent security contribute to this senseless loss? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Washington D.C., or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.
Our Legal Take
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Joseph Phill Smith may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victim of this shooting may elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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 the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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