$1M Settlement Reached After Robbery and Shooting Outside Market

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An insurance company paid its policy limit after being sued by a man who lost a leg due to blood loss after being shot outside a Fort Lauderdale market.



A robbery victim who was shot three times and lost a leg reached a $1 million settlement with the owner of a market where he was robbed after making a purchase.

Dennis Barker, 28 at the time of the July 2018 incident, was shot in the abdomen. He suffered severe blood loss that necessitated amputation of his left leg. Barker sued, alleging the store on U.S. 441 west of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport had a history of robberies in a high-crime area but did not hire a security guard or limit its hours of operation.

The parties negotiated a settlement before depositions and the defendant’s insurer agreed to tender its $1 million policy.

Case: Barker v. Fiesta Food Market II

Case No.: CACE19025099

Plaintiffs attorneys: Michael Trent Lewenz, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, Fort Lauderdale, and Todd J. Michaels, The Haggard Law Firm, Coral Gables

Defense attorney: Robert F. Goodrich, The Hartford Insurance Group, Hollywood

Original Article published at Law360 on August 3, 2020 by Verdict Search.

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