During the evening hours of February 26, 2017, Denis Duddy was inside his condo in a Boca Raton Florida high-rise condominium complex when someone broke in an attacked him. Through the litigation of this negligent security case, trial lawyers Pedro Echarte and Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm, and co-counsel Michael J. Brevda learned that if proper security steps been taken at the complex, the attack could have been prevented.
The attacker was a young naked man, who was under the influence of LSD, who gained access to the condominium, proceeded to walk through the parking areas, lobby, and other common areas, until he gained access to Duddy’s unit. The assailant proceeded to bang on the door until he broke it down and attacked the Plaintiff. Duddy and assailant (who were previously unknown to each other) continued to fight until the assailant eventually calmed down. The assailant was arrested shortly thereafter by responding law enforcement personnel. Duddy suffered injuries to his neck and lower back resulting in two surgeries (including one fusion).
The primary defense in this matter was that there was no prior crime at the condominium and that the area in which it was located (South Boca Raton) was safe. However, the Haggard Law attorneys and co-counselor Brevda argued that the security guard on duty at the time of the incident (who was employed by Defendant D & D Professional Security) failed to timely detect the assailant and failed to properly respond to his presence at the condominium, which led to the Plaintiff’s attack. The case against D&D Professional Security settled for $825,000.