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On February 14th, 2021, a tragic shooting occurred at Northwoods Mall in North Charleston, South Carolina, leaving three innocent bystanders injured. Two years after the incident, two of the victims filed separate lawsuits against the mall and its security company, claiming negligence in their duty to provide a safe environment for shoppers.
Attorney Brian Mickelsen represents one of the victims and contends that the shooting could have been prevented if Northwoods Mall had taken appropriate measures to address ongoing crime on its premises. Mickelsen believes that businesses, like Northwoods Mall, must take responsibility for ensuring the safety of their customers and visitors.
The lawsuits allege that Northwoods Mall, its security company, the mall’s general manager, and ten unidentified individuals played a role in the injuries of the victims. The victims are seeking full compensation for the physical and emotional trauma they have suffered as a result of the shooting.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proper security measures in public places, especially in places that have a history of crime. Northwoods Mall expanded its Youth Escort Policy following the shooting, which allows mall management to block unaccompanied minors from entering the mall during certain hours. However, this policy does not address the larger issue of ensuring the safety of all visitors to the mall.
Negligent security cases are costly, time-consuming, and very challenging to prove. Whether a business hired enough security guards, installed adequate lighting, maintained functioning security cameras, and so on are typical questions for a jury. In some instances, whether a business’ security measures are adequate and reasonable may require expert testimony.
It will be critical to determine whether previous acts of violence occurred at the same location and whether owners or occupiers took action to prevent future occurrences of violence and injury, including whether security procedures were changed or increased. Often, there will be a history of similar past violence at a location with little or no security changes being made, which will tend to implicate liability for an owner and/or lessee.
At Mickelsen Dalton LLC, we are dedicated to seeking justice for those who have been injured or wronged by the negligence of others. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we understand the challenges faced by victims and their families, and we are committed to fighting for their rights. Our goal is to not only help our clients but also to teach and empower communities, like North Charleston, about their rights so that if tragedy strikes, victims and their families know their legal options for pursuing justice.
Our firm represents crime victims throughout South Carolina, Georgia, and beyond. We are prepared to invest the time, effort, and money to investigate your case, gather evidence, hire experts, and prepare for trial. If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to negligent security, it is critical to have an experienced South Carolina premises liability attorney by your side.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help. Contact Mickelsen Dalton LLC today for a free consultation and learn how they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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