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SAN FRANCISCO: Bruno Keith Niedzielski Killed At Transitional Housing Center in Bayview-Hunters Point


May 17, 2019

Bruno Niedzielski San Francisco: 42-Yer-Old Bruno Keith Niedzielski Died After Being Attacked By Roommate At The Phatt Chance Community Living Center

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (May 17, 2019) – A 42-year-old San Francisco resident Bruno Keith Niedzielski has tragically died after he was attacked by a roommate with a lengthy criminal record at the Phatt Chance Community Living center. 

Prosecutors are saying that the attack took place over the weekend. The roommate that attacked Bruno Keith Niedzielski has been convicted of 8 felonies. The perpetrator has also served a number of sentences in state prison. 

Residents are saying that Bruno Keith Niedzielski could be hear yelling “get this guy off me, he has a knife.” The victim staggered downstairs and into the backyard before collapsing. 

Court records also show that the alleged attacker has been hospitalized at the Napa State Hospital for mental illness. 

Liability In Assaults At Living Centers

Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their guests reasonably safe. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

This includes taking steps to help protect guests from violent activity and assaults. The level of security or safety measures needed at a particular location will vary depending on a number of factors. Property owners could be held liable for one guest attacking another guest if they showed deliberate indifference to that guest’s safety. Deliberate indifference may occur if a property owner had specific knowledge of particular threats and failed to act. 

The family of any person that died due to an assault at a living center may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a wrongful death claim may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and loss of love. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. An attorney can also let you know if a property owner was negligent. 

Investigating A Living Center Assault

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Bruno Keith Niedzielski. Any person that may have knowledge about this attack should come forward and speak with San Francisco police. It is so important that these community living centers are kept safe. It is our sincere hope that additional measures are put in place to prevent incidents like this in the future. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in an assault at a community living center you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate an attack and let you know what your options are. We care deeply about making sure property owners are doing everything in their power to help keep guests safe. Whether you need a free police report about a particular incident or just have legal questions we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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