James Hilario, a Fall River man, has settled his Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit against the Teamworks indoor facility for $325,000. Hilario got hurt in June 2010 while playing flag football for his local team the Fall River Beavers during a game against another team, the Taunton Terrors.
According to Hilario’s Somerset, MA premises liability lawsuit, the 50,000 square ft. facility did not provide proper security (including failed to put in place/execute security the necessary safety policies), and should have previously banned Taunton player Justin Farland from the venue. Farland is the man convicted in Hilario’s stabbing.
Previous to the incident, Teamworks reportedly had been monitoring the Taunton Terrors after others accused the team of making violent threats to other teams. The facility reportedly had been thinking of banning the team from playing there.
In his Somerset premises liability case, Hilario noted that landowners owe a reasonable duty to protect those on their property against wrongful and/or foreseeable criminal acts.
Massachusetts Premises Liability
Under the state’s premises liability statute, a landowner owes invitees and licensees to a property a certain duty of care to ensure that there are no hazards or dangers. This includes eliminating/reducing safety issues. Even trespassers are owed a certain duty of care. Proper security can prevent violent crimes, sexual crimes, and robberies.
Some of the other reasons people claim premises liability include building code violations, failure to install a carbon monoxide alarm, faulty electrical wiring, poor lighting, slip and fall, social host liability, landlord obligations, liquor liability, balcony defects, escalator malfunction, drowning accidents, snow and ice falls, stairway accidents, exposure to hazardous substances, fire injuries, and hazards on the property.
Contact our Boston inadequate security lawyers today.
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