As a Massachusetts negligence attorney, one of the areas of practice that I specialize in is called “Premises Liability.” This is an area of tort practice that allows victims of injuries that were caused by inadequately and negligently maintained property – usually (but not always) commercial buildings and commercial property. The types of cases that can fall under “premises liability” type of lawsuit can vary from slip and fall injuries, to cases where someone died due to inadequate security measures being taken.
Many people here in Boston are aware of the horrific double murder of two young, promising doctors this past May 5 2017. A couple, their names were Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos, and they were savagely murdered, allegedly by a man who previously worked as a “security guard” at the upscale building where their condominium was. That individual, one “Bampumin Texeira,” has been arrested and arraigned for their murders, and is being held without bail pending trial.
There is a saying in the legal profession that “bad cases make good law,” and that maxim applies very well to this case. The reason? In my opinion as a Boston Massachusetts negligent security lawyer, this type of tragic story was bound to happen sooner or later. By “tragic story”, I’m referring not only to the murders of these two young doctors, but the façade that the private security industry operates under. We all regularly go into buildings and various properties on a regular basis, where we see a “security guard” at the entrance. These are employees of private security companies/guard companies, that wear “official-looking” uniforms, designed to create the appearance and resulting feeling of some kind of ‘police’ presence, or at the very least a highly-trained security professional, that knows how to spot danger, and knows how to react to it instantly.