A jury has returned a $1.17 million verdict against the owner of the Country Inn & Suites in Atlanta. The Plaintiff, a guest, was shot in the stomach while attempting to check in. The jury in Clayton County, Ga., returned a $3.68 million verdict on claims the hotel provided negligent security. The jury apportioned the responsibility for the damages:
• 58 percent for the shooter, who was not named as a Defendant in the suit;
• 32 percent on the Defendant hotel owner; and
• 10 percent on the Plaintiff.
The hotel owner, Bhagywanti Inc. denied liability, claiming that the crime was unforeseeable and the outcome likely would not have been different even if it had provided on-site security. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2010, outside the Country Inn & Suites. The motel is located near Turner Field in Atlanta.
It was reported that Fojutowski had made his reservation online. But when he arrived, the front door was locked and no one visible at the front desk. Unable to enter the hotel, Fojutowski returned to his car, where he was approached from behind by a man with a gun. The gunman demanded keys and money and took both. He then shot Fojutowski and then stole his car and fled. The victim was left bleeding in the parking lot. The Plaintiff was represented by Lloyd Bell and Michael Watson of the Bell Law Firm and Julian Sanders of Sanders Law Group. They did a very good job for him.
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