PWD Obtains Justice for Miami Man in Negligent Security Case Against Check Cashing Chain
On June 4, 2014, Mr. M went to pay a phone bill at a 24/7 check cashing store in Miami. As he stood at the window, which was bulletproof and only protected the staff, a man loitered behind him for several minutes. Despite the history of armed robberies at this store, there was no security guard presence whatsoever. With no guard to deter him, the man then snagged Mr. M’s wallet from his back pocket. Mr. M then turned around and the assailant slugged him in the face, crushing his eye socket. 5 days after his eye socket was surgically repaired, Mr. M suffered a stroke due to clot caused by a combination of the blow to the head and the surgery. Mr. M was left partially paralyzed, totally unable to work, unable to communicate, and required full-time assisted living.
PWD sued the check cashing establishment and its parent company, which operates check cashing facilities throughout the United States. PWD successfully uncovered the armed robberies that had occurred at the Miami location in the recent past. PWD also proved that the parent company had experience with security guards and that it understood that guards are a deterrent to crime. And PWD proved that the parent company exercised such control over the local facility that it did not enjoy the legal immunity that is often afforded to parent companies.
The case settled on confidential terms one month before trial.
PWD is proud to have helped Mr. M get the proper care that he now requires for the rest of his life. PWD is also proud to shine a light on the need for security guards at check cashing facilities.