Villanova sued in premises liability lawsuit by student attacked on campus
Premises Liability Lawsuit Victim
On March 26, a Villanova student from New York sued his University. According to The Pennsylvania Record, the suit contains counts of negligent supervision and premises liability. The 20 year old student filed suit at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania over injuries he says he sustained on Sept. 16, 2012 when he was attacked and assaulted by another student on Villanova’s campus.
Premises Liability Lawsuit Details
The area where the attack occurred was poorly lit, had no video surveillance, and did not have emergency “call boxes” that would have enabled the victim to contact security for help, the lawsuit states. Two friends helped to free the young man from the headlock that the assailant had placed him in, according to the civil action.
Premises Liability Lawsuit
The suits reads: “Upon information and belief, the presence of said criminal activity constituted a dangerous and hazardous condition on Villanova University premises about which Villanova University knew, or should have known, could cause injury to students, including Plaintiff, and imposed further duty upon Villanova University to protect its students by provision of diligent and proper security measures. Villanova University knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, that no student, including Plaintiff, had it within their own power to take the measures necessary to provide for their own security while on the premises of Villanova University.”