The 44-year-old man who was physically assaulted at the Westport light rail station last month has died from his Baltimore injuries. Winslow Thomas, who managed to walk to a home after the attack on October 22, received treatment at Maryland Shock Trauma for blunt-force injuries and cuts. He died on November 3.
Unfortunately, crimes at light rail, train, and subway stations do occur. This is why their premise owners and supervisors must exercise the proper safety precautions to prevent such incidents from happening. Security personnel, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and proper lighting are examples of possible safety precautions that can be implemented to discourage/prevent robberies, sexual assault, physical assault, and murder from happening.
It was just in August that our Washington DC personal injury law firm reported on a brawl involving 70 people that started in a rail car before continuing on a L’Enfant Plaza Station platform. Not long after that two adults were assaulted on a Green line train.
Even if the property owner did not directly cause a crime to occur on a premise, liability can still be found if the owner should have and could have acted to prevent the incident from happening.
Baltimore Premises Liability
Crimes on a premise are not the only potential danger that can occur on a premise. Premises liability cases have been brought against a property owner by those who have been injured in Maryland slip and fall accidents or because of falling merchandise, inadequate maintenance, defective conditions, or other hazards that caused personal injury or wrongful death.
Man, 44, who was beaten at light rail stop dies, Baltimore Sun, November 5, 2010
DC Metro Assault Crimes: Does WMATA Provide Adequate Security?, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, August 27, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Premises Liability, Justia
Proving Fault in Accidents on Dangerous or Defective Property, Nolo
Our Baltimore premises liability law firm represents clients in Anne Arundel County, Wicomico County, Baltimore County, Washington County, Carroll County, Talbot County, Charles County, Prince George’s County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Howard County, and Harford County, Maryland.