Couple alleges Largo's negligence led to assault on husband

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Largo couple is suing the city, alleging negligent security and denial of claim in an assault on one of the plaintiffs.

Harold Potter and Tricia Potter filed a complaint Sept. 14 in Pinellas Circuit Court against the city of Largo, alleging failure to reasonably maintain its property so as to not expose invitees to unreasonable harm.

According to the complaint, on May 28, 2015, Harold Potter encountered a group of teenagers gathered at Bayhead Action Park, watching a fight between unknown parties. While Potter was calling the police, the suit says, some of the group ran after him and physically assaulted him. 

Potter says he suffered serious and permanent injuries, including multiple fractures to the body. Tricia Potter alleges she suffered loss of comfort, companionship and consortium of her spouse. 

The plaintiffs allege the city of Largo failed to give notice of the hidden dangerous conditions, failed to protect invitees from foreseeable criminal attacks and wrongfully denied the Potters' claim for damages.

The Potters seek trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, exclusive of interest, court costs, attorney fees and all other just and proper relief. They are represented by attorney Michael L. Walker of Florin Roebig PA in Palm Harbor.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18C6030

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