On March 16, 2009, a female Minor, E.H., was viciously attacked while she had stopped to purchase gasoline at a Shell gas station. The Minor was a model teenager student and athlete, and had just left a dance practice. The brunt of this trauma could and should have been avoided by the employee of this gas station – instead it is alleged that he had done just the opposite. While she was attempting to pump gas into her car, she was approached by her dangerous assailants who began a verbal altercation with her. The gas station’s employee witnessed this problem unfolding. The Minor attempted to seek the safety inside the store to the Shell station, but the store’s employee allegedly locked the door, entrapping her within the grasps of her assailants and preventing her from escaping the brutal beating that ensued.
The Florida Injury attorneys for the Minor have alleged that the gas station’s act of preventing the Minor from seeking safe haven inside the store at this Shell gas station was tantamount to a false imprisonment – as well as practically willing the savage beating upon this innocent victim. Amazingly, the gas station’s insurance carrier is taking an apparent cavalier attitude towards this tragic matter, looking to avoid it’s obvious responsibility and liabilities.
In the State of Florida a property owner, i.e., the Shell gas station, also has a duty to provide a safe environment for its invited customers. What is inconceivable is that one of its employees, who was acting in the course and scope of his employment, deliberately took action to further endanger this Minor, by intentionally locking the door, and the Minor out of safety. This act of gross negligence by one of its employees, should be acknowledged by the store and its insurance company and they should take the appropriate responsibility for this unforgivable act of indifference to our client’s life and safety.
If you or someone you care for has been injured due to an individual’s or a corporation’s indifference to your safety or while you are invited on their premises, you may want to consult with the Weston Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at the Schulman Law Group to learn more about your rights to recover compensation for your damages.