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A Look Back At A Negligent Security Case In A PA Apartment Building


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6/6/2013
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This particular case involved security issues at a high rise apartment complex in Center City, Philadelphia.

Our client lived on the 17th floor of a high rise in Center City, Philadelphia. The building was tiered. The design was such that the building went up and then in, up and then in again like a tiered wedding like.  Therefore, some of the upper floor apartments had a flat roof outside the widows of the apartment.

As our client was getting out of the shower one morning, a fellow was climbing in one of his apartment windows from the flat roof outside his apartment.

The intruder stabbed our client in the head, stole a couple of small electronic devices from the apartment and then fled.

This was a very challenging case.  It turns out that the intruder was an invited guest of one of the tenants in the building.  He was signed in through the security in the lobby and was not a trespasser in the building per se.

Through our investigation, we found that there was a utility room on the 17th floor in this apartment building that was always kept unlocked. In fact, the lock was broken and had been broken for years.

Once someone entered the utility room, they could open the window and gain access to the flat roof that went around the entire 17th floor of the building.  Once they were on the flat roof, they had access to various apartments via windows and other tenant spaces.

 We were able to prove that the owners and the management company of the apartment building were negligent.  Their negligence was one of the factors that led to the attack on our client.

We settled the case in the courtroom during trial.  Though the settlement was confidential, we were able to obtain a very significant and satisfactory settlement for our client.

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If you were injured because of negligent security in an apartment complex or in other types of establishments and would like to discuss your rights, feel free to call Dan O'Brien to discuss your case @ 877.944.8396.

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