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Pennsylvania policeman files personal injury suit against Target

A Pennsylvania policeman is filing a personal injury suit against Target and two unnamed men. The unnamed men, referred to as John Doe offenders, are being sued for assault and battery while the suit against Target is for negligence and recklessness. The plaintiff is asking for over $75,000 in compensation for the personal injury sustained.

According to the suit, the policeman was responding to a call to the Target store, allegedly in an area of excessive crime, when one of the John Doe defendants hit him with an unidentified weapon. That caused severe damage to one of his eyes as well other parts of his upper body. He has undergone five surgeries to restore his eyesight and will most likely need further treatment as well. Not only does he have substantial medical bills, he has lost income from not being able to competently perform his job because of the injuries.

The suit claims the offender accused of the assault has been suspected in the past of shoplifting from the Target store as well as physically attacking other people. It did not clearly indicate the accusation against the second John Doe offender. It does assert that Target knew potential danger was an ongoing threat because of its location in the city and that they did not have the appropriate degree of security for these types of situations.

The representation for Target has petitioned to move the suit from state to federal court for various purposes, one being the compensation amount is over the state limit. Any Pennsylvania resident who feels he or she has reason to file a personal injury claim likely needs to research the particular state laws, as each state differs on legal code. Determining whether or not to settle in court or out is an issue to consider, as well. There are times when court proceedings are more likely to produce a larger settlement.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Phila. cop sues Target Corp. for severe eye injuries sustained in attack by shoplifter," Jon Campisi, June 28, 2013

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