Dyson Law   Accident Injury Attorneys in Palm Beach County

Matthew Levy, along with two other attorneys, co-handled and tried a difficult negligent security case that involved the brutal murders of a young brother and sister who were living in an apartment complex in Plantation, Florida. Though the Defendant made it a theme of its case that the victims knew their killers and that this was a targeted hit, the murders still remain unsolved and the case remains open without any suspects. The Defendant claimed that this was an unpredictable and unpreventable crime. However, the Plaintiffs introduced evidence that this was a preventable crime in that there were a series of 20 lesser crimes that occurred at the complex in the previous three years, which were considered pre-cursor crimes to a foreseeable larger crime according to Plaintiff’s expert in criminology. The Defendant failed to notify its tenants of these prior crimes and also failed to investigate crime in the complex and the surrounding neighborhood. Evidence was introduced that the front entrance gate to this gated community had been broken for several months leading up to the incident, providing the perpetrators with the opportunity to gain unfettered access into the complex, which did not provide any security guards for the protection of its tenants. Instead, the Defendant had an off-duty police “courtesy” officer, whose job was only to protect the Defendant’s property from vandalism. Defendant only offered $60,000.00 to the victims’ families to settle the case. A Broward County jury felt otherwise after a three-week trial. Negligent Security, Wrongful Death, Assault Death Case, Premises Liability,