A jury has awarded $55 million to a Southern California man in a lawsuit filed against a private security firm. The Plaintiff alleged in the suit that he lost his legs because the guard working for the security firm failed to protect him from gang members who shot him at an apartment building. The Plaintiff, Antonio Steward, filed his lawsuit against Stratus Security Services.
The lawsuit alleges that the security guard failed to break up a small party of men associated with a gang in August 2006 and didn’t tell the Plaintiff and his two friends to go inside their homes because the situation might be dangerous. It was further alleged that the guard left the area and went to his car, listened to the radio and then drove away. The Plaintiff, who was 17 at the time, was shot nine times without justification. Gangrene set in, which was caused by a lack of blood flowing to the Plaintiff’s legs. The Plaintiff has undergone 56 surgeries and had more than 40 percent of his stomach removed. Both of his legs had to be amputated. He will need constant care for the rest of his life and will battle an array of infections. A gang member, Roosevelt Turner, is currently serving two consecutive life prison sentences for the shooting.
Source: Insurance Journal
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