The Chicago Tribune Reports that an Oak Brook doctor who was stabbed in the neck and face during an attempted robbery at a Chicago restaurant last November is now suing his attacker as well as the restaurant and hotel that houses it. The victim was allegedly stabbed several times by his attacker in a bathroom of a prominent Gold Coast hotel on November 17th. The victim was eating at the restaurant with his family that night after attending the Lights Festival along the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. He went to the bathroom where the attacker announced a robbery and proceeded to stab the doctor in the face and neck several times. The doctor now claims he his disfigured and disabled.
The victim filed suit a few weeks ago in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that the hotel and restaurant were negligent when they allowed the attacker to gain access to the hotel, restaurant, and restroom facilities and did not perform proper security checks. The alleged attacker was freed from prison a mere eight days prior to the attack. He has over 60 arrests and nine felony convictions that date back to the 1970s. The restaurants bartender was also injured while attempting to apprehend the attacker. The attacker is being held without bond and charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.
Hotels have a duty to keep their guests safe by providing a secure environment in which to stay and dine. This is an example of premises liability law. When an accident or injury occurs to a visitor on another’s property, the owner of the property may be legally responsible if their negligence caused or contributed to the injury. In this case, the victim is alleging that the hotel’s failure to maintain proper security measures in the hotel caused his attacker to be allowed into the hotel, which caused his injuries. Our premises liability attorneys have helped many clients and their families successfully by obtaining verdicts and settlements on their behalf, including a $2.3 millions dollar settlement for a family whose two young children suffered severe burns and whose third child, an infant, was killed when a fire broke out on the premises. If you have suffered an injury of this type which you believe may be a result of the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover the costs involved to pay for your medical bills, any lost earnings or other pain, disfigurement, emotional distress, or permanent physical disability you suffered. Consider contacting our premises liability team of attorneys to discuss you legal options.