Did negligent security contribute to this violent Duluth apartment home invasion?
20-year-old Benjamin VanDell was reportedly stabbed in his sleep by an intruder inside his Duluth apartment home Saturday morning, January 27, 2018.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, the intruder “entered an apartment on the 4700 block of Grand Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. and stabbed [Mr. VanDell] up to 15 times.” The assailant apparently fled when Mr. VanDell’s girlfriend returned home from work.
FOX 21 reports, the suspect later told police he “didn’t know” the victim and broke in “to find a place to sleep.” Mr. VanDell is reportedly now “recovering from severe stab wounds that could result in permanent nerve damage and possibly the loss of an eye.”
Did negligent security contribute to this Duluth apartment stabbing? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Minnesota, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents 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 assault may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- How did the assailant gain entry to the complex? What security measures, such as gated-entry, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect residents and deter crime at the time of the home invasion?
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 apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Benjamin VanDell may seek justice and 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 victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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