UMass-Dartmouth student stabbed

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student was stabbed outside a campus apartment complex.

A school spokesman says the student was stabbed at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday during a disturbance in an outdoor common area at the Cedar Dell South apartments. The complex is an on-campus housing complex for upper-classmen.

The student was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.

The victim’s name was not released but he is expected to survive.

There have been no arrests but the suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male, 6 feet tall, with a bushy ponytail and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. It’s not clear if the assailant was a student.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, it is possible that the injured student may have a viable claim for negligent security against the school. Negligent security claims can result from having a lack of trained security personnel, bad lighting, poor security systems or having inadequate security programs in place.

The rule in Massachusetts is that a possessor of land used for business purposes is obligated to use reasonable care to prevent injury to members of the public while they are on the land for business purposes. This includes injuries caused by the accidental, negligent, or intentional acts of third persons. Restatement (Second) of Torts, sec. 344 (1965).

Common carriers (i.e., train or bus companies), landlords, bars and other businesses, colleges and even hospitals have been liable for a failure to foresee that their patrons, tenants, students, or patients could suffer criminal attacks by third persons. Husband v. Dubose, 26 Mass. App. Ct. 667 (1988).

Call a Boston Negligent Security Attorney at the Law Office of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. Today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 to discuss your case.

Negligent Security, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, wrongful death

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