Merchant Wins Fire Lawsuit Against Landlord

Daren Stabinski and Todd Stabinski, two of the Miami personal injury attorneys at Stabinski Law, recently represented a store owner in a lawsuit against his landlord, Guillermo Sostchin. Their client, Leon Winikor, was the owner of a downtown Miami show store that was burned down by a fire in 1998. Winikor filed a lawsuit against Guillermo Sostchin, claiming that he had failed to cover up a hole for an air conditioning unit in a vacant storefront of his building in the 200 block of Northeast First Avenue.

In March of 1998, someone threw a Molotov-cocktail firebomb through the hole, effectively destroying six of the surrounding businesses – including Winikor's King Shoes. The subsequent trial lasted a week, wherein a Miami-Dade Circuit County Court jury found the landlord to be negligent. They ordered Guillermo Sostchin to pay Mr. Winikor for his loss of inventory and profits through the end of his lease, which would have been July 2004. In the end, our client was awarded $1.3 million in damages.

Daren and Todd said that this was the first of six pending lawsuits against the same landlord. Sostchin has since converted the property into a parking lot. If you or someone you love has suffered physical, financial or emotional losses as the result of your landlord's negligence, you too should not hesitate to take action and file a premises liability claim. With the help of a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer from Stabinski & Funt, P.A., you can seek justice and fair compensation for the damages that you have suffered. Call now!

Our firm has recovered more than $500 million in damages for past clients. Find out what we can do for you by calling our office today and scheduling your free consultation.

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