According the sfexaminer.com, a homeless man, Michael Stafford, allegedly shot by a store employee in the Haight, following a dispute that began over a Chihuahua, is suing the owners of the property where the shooting occurred, claiming the incident left him permanently disabled. The news report stated that he frequented Fred’s New Lite Market before he was shot on February 9th. Fred Kazzouh, Sam’s older brother, said that Sam had been taking medication for schizophrenia and that Stafford himself has an emotional condition. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and alleges that Sam Kazzouh, the store owner’s younger brother, shot Stafford in the head and back, leaving him paraplegic. It also claims that Kazzouh’s family, which runs the store, knew Sam suffered from mental illness that made him prone to violence, but, nevertheless, allowed him access to a gun.
These types of civil suits fall under the category of Premise Liability, a term used to describe the legal responsibility that a landowner and occupier of a property has for injuries and accidents that occur on their property. Premises liability claims can be filed for a variety of reasons. For example, slip and fall injuries are common types of premise liability claims. In addition, claims may be filed for injuries that are the result of equipment that is used on the property. Also, injuries that may be a result of another person’s actions on the property may be the responsibility of a property owner, especially if the owner fails to provide adequate security on the property.
Anyone who has been injured due to the negligence of others and considering filing a premises liability claim, should contact an attorney in a timely manner. This is important because injured parties will want to protect and preserve vital evidence. Also, potential claimants will need to find out if there is a statute of limitations, the time in which a person has to file a claim from the moment the injury occurred, bearing down on the matter. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to negligence on the part of a property owner, please contact our firm. We have over 10 years experience helping injured parties receive the compensation they deserve.