Posted on Jul 04, 2024

Teen Injured in Shooting Near Tampa Apartments

On Monday, July 1, 2024, a 16-year-old boy was injured during a shooting incident near the Brandywine Apartments in Tampa, Florida. The incident occurred when a group of young people, ranging from their teens to early twenties, were gathered at or near the apartment complex located in the 5000 block of 40th Street. An argument broke out among the group, which escalated into gunfire.

The teenage victim, described as a 16-year-old male, suffered a grazing wound to the head. He managed to flee to Williams Park, located in the 4300 block of Osborne, where he contacted a family member who then alerted the authorities. The teen was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Can Property Owners Be Held Liable for Shootings on Their Premises?

In cases similar to the recent shooting near the Brandywine Apartments, questions often arise about property owner liability. Under premises liability law, property owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for their tenants and visitors. This includes taking measures to prevent foreseeable criminal activities at an apartment complex.

Factors that may contribute to a property owner's liability in the context of negligent security include:

  • Inadequate security measures
  • Poor lighting in common areas
  • Failure to address known security risks
  • Lack of proper access control

If it can be proven that the property owner was negligent in providing adequate security, they may be held liable for injuries resulting from criminal activities on their premises.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help in Cases of Violent Crime?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a shooting or other violent crime, a personal injury attorney can:

  • Investigate the incident thoroughly
  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • Identify all potentially liable parties
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • Represent you in court if necessary

Our experienced team at Spetsas Buist is dedicated to helping victims of violent crimes seek justice and fair compensation for their injuries.

The Importance of Timely Action in Negligent Security Cases

It's crucial to act quickly after an apartment shooting. Evidence can disappear, witnesses' memories may fade, and there are legal time limits (statutes of limitations) for filing claims. By contacting our firm promptly, you ensure that:

  • Critical evidence is preserved (think security cameras and testing of malfunctioning gates)
  • Witness statements are collected while memories are fresh
  • Your rights are protected throughout the legal process

Contact a Florida Negligent Security Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you've been affected by a shooting at an apartment, don't hesitate to reach out to Spetsas Buist for a free consultation with an experienced attorney. Our team is ready to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time, and we'll evaluate your case at no cost to you. Remember, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay us unless we successfully recover compensation for you.

Your safety and well-being are our top priority, and we understand the importance of focusing on your physical and emotional recovery. That's why our firm is here to handle the legal complexities of your case, allowing you to concentrate on healing. When you call 321-LAWSUIT, you'll be able to schedule a consultation with a lawyer, not a customer service representative, ensuring you get to talk with an attorney from start to finish.