(11 Alive News)
Security Failure? Our Legal Take: East Point McDonald’s Employee Shot, Injured in Robbery
An East Point McDonald’s employee was reportedly shot and injured during an armed robbery Tuesday night, March 22, 2016.
According to 11 Alive News, the armed robbery occurred around 8:00pm “at the McDonald’s in the 7400 block of Old National Highway” in East Point. At least one of the assailants apparently opened fire during the robbery, striking and injuring an employee, before fleeing the scene on foot.
Police have not yet identified the suspects.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm questions whether this horrific incident may have been prevented and the level of security provided to employees and patrons of this restaurant and its parking lot, particularly given reports of prior violence in the area. East Point was ranked as the “Nation’s Most Dangerous Suburb” in 2014, per media reports. Further, OSHA warns, “[m]any workplaces, like restaurants, can be a target for workplace violence because of the presence of cash, the late work hours and contact with the public.”
By law, a worker injured in the course and scope of employment is entitled to numerous benefits under the workers’ compensation system of Georgia. Additionally, business owners are required to protect all individuals legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that an entity other than the victim’s employer failed to provide adequate security, the victim of this horrific crime may be able to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a negligent security case.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling workers’ compensation claims and negligent security cases in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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