This verdict shows that when a business welcomes someone to an establishment, they owe that person a duty to keep them reasonably safe. It was clear that significant security was needed. It was not provided, and my client suffered terribly. Marc G. Snyder
Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 25, 2012
In a joint effort between The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder and The Law Office of Yale R. Spector, a Baltimore man has been awarded $673,000.00 in damages resulting from a violent gun attack while performing in a District of Columbia nightclub.
Jamel Williams, 26, was performing at The Island Cafe Restaurant and Bar on March 15, 2008. Following his performance, while speaking with friends, an unidentified man entered the bar, approached Mr. Williams, and fired one gunshot. The bullet went through Mr. Williams hand and lodged in his head, where it remains due to the medical danger of having it removed.
The Plaintiff’s Complaint, filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court(Case No.:Case No.: 0001151-11), alleged that The Island Cafe failed to hire and provide the appropriate level of security inside the restaurant and bar, allowing the attacker to enter the premises with a handgun, and attack Mr. Williams. The suit also alleged that the bar was on notice of the likely possibility of such violence, based upon multiple violent crimes that had occurred in the immediate area in the past.
Originally filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the case was moved to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia when it was determined to be a more appropriate jurisdiction. Attorney Yale R. Spector, licensed to practice law in D.C., joined Mr. Snyder’s Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer team in 2011, and presented the damages to the District of Columbia Judge.
The Court awarded Mr. Williams $23,172.29 in medical damages and $650,000.00 for his pain and suffering.
Court: Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Caption: Williams v. The Island Cafe
Case No.: 0001151-11