The Haggard Law Firm has litigated nearly 200 cases involving the failure to provide adequate security resulting in the victim suffering severe injuries and/or death. Since 2007, The Firm has obtained over $400 million in verdicts and settlements in those cases.
Establishments such as bars, restaurants, flea markets, shopping centers, nursing homes, banks, hotels and apartment buildings have all been subjects of successfully litigated negligent security claims. By representing families of loved ones killed or individuals permanently injured in cases stemming from negligent security, we take an active role in making the community safe for the public.
In 2017 and 2016 TopVerdict named two different Haggard Law Firm cases as the #1 inadequate security (negligent security) verdicts in Florida each respective year.
In November 2007, attorney Michael Haggard successfully obtained a $102.7 million verdict in a negligent security case thought to be the largest verdict of its kind in the country. On July 31, 2002, Sami Barrak was a patron at Tootsie’s Cabaret, which was a tenant at the Sierra Shopping Center owned by Report Investment Corporation. Mr. Barrak and a friend were leaving the establishment when the friend returned to retrieve an item left inside. As Mr. Barrak sat waiting in his car for his friend to return he was approached by an unknown person who attempted to rob him at gunpoint. After a brief exchange of unknown words, the assailant shot Mr. Barrak in the neck and left, rendering Mr. Barrak a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. The jury found that Report Investment Corporation, Inc., owned and managed the property and therefore had the duty to maintain it in a reasonable safe condition commensurate with the activities conducted on the property in order to prevent harm to its business invitees. At the time of the shooting, there was only one guard on duty to observe and report any crimes that might occur in and around Tootsie’s Cabaret. Report Investment Corporation provided no security and admitted they had never spent one dollar on security or safety. There had been a reported 26 violent crimes on the same property during the seven years prior to Mr. Barrak’s incident. Please click here to view a video regarding this highly publicized case.
In 2017 the Daily Business Review/LAW.com wrote an article about The Haggard Law Firm’s negligent security case success, click to read
Our trial attorneys were able to obtain a $12 million verdict in a 2017 negligent security wrongful death case involving a 30-year-old woman who was murdered shortly after not receiving the help she requested from the staff of the Chesapeake Hotel in Hialeah Florida. Yaimi Guevara Machado was locked out of her room wearing jeans and bra. Eventually, a man who had purchased alcohol and requested a prostitute from hotel staff, as well as sexually assaulted a housekeeper, would find Machado. He proceeded to gain her trust, attempt to sexually assault her and then beat her to death. In 2018, TopVerdict recognized verdict, in this case, the #1 inadequate security (negligent security) and #3 premises liability case result in Florida for 2017. This was the 2nd consecutive year Haggard Law had obtained the #1 inadequate security ranking.
In 2016 The Haggard Law Firm delivered a $10.1 Million settlement in a negligent security case involving a young father who was paralyzed after a shooting during an attempted home invasion robbery.
Attorney Wm. Andrew Haggard was able to obtain a $2 million settlement for the family of Bryan Pata, a standout University of Miami football player who was tragically shot in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Miami.
Another noteworthy case dealing with negligent security is Maldonado v. Park Plaza Hotel in which the plaintiff was attacked and killed in the hotel parking lot after leaving the hotel bar early in the morning. An angry patron, who had confronted the plaintiff in the bar, followed him out to the parking lot and beat him to death. The case resulted in a $4 million settlement between the hotel and the family of the victim.