A man who was shot in the leg during an attempted parking lot robbery settled his Hudson County suit last month for $700,000. The plaintiff was represented by Raymond A. Gill, Jr., Esq. and David J. Mahoney, Esq. of Gill & Chamas, LLC in Woodbridge, New Jersey. In the summer of 2013, a baseball coach in northern New Jersey, drove into a campus parking lot having shown his credentials to the posted security officer, and parked in his usual unassigned parking spot. After exiting his vehicle, the plaintiff was approached by two unidentified men, one of whom pointed a gun at the plaintiff while demanding he place his hands on the vehicle. One of them suddenly fired a shot and then the two unidentified men fled the area through an unlocked gate in the parking lot leaving the plaintiff lying on the ground with a bullet wound.
The subject parking lot was under the control of a licensed Security Officer Company for safety and monitoring purposes. The security officer on duty was an employee of the company and was tasked with monitoring means of ingress and egress of the subject parking lot.
The allegations against the defendant Security Office Company and its security officers were simply that same failed to adhere to security industry standards in providing security services, and failed to appropriately recruit, train, and supervise its employee security officers.
The plaintiff was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a non-life threatening open wound of the hip and thigh caused by a gunshot. Bullet fragments withinthe soft tissues of the thigh and right knee were found on diagnostic studies. The plaintiff followed up with a surgeon who performed a knee arthroscopy to remove bullet fragments and repair damage to tendons/ligaments surrounding the knee joint. In addition, the plaintiff developed psychological issues from the shooting, suffering from anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks. His complaints at the time of the mediation were: numbness and tingling in the right lateral thigh that radiated into the posterior knee, with pain in this location when squatting and sprinting, and PTSD.