Liability For Bar Fight Injuries | Personal Injuries
Determining Liability For Bar Fight InjuriesBars are generally a place to relax and unwind in the company of friends, but anytime alcohol is thrown into the mix, the potential for trouble rises. It’s not uncommon for arguments to break out and escalate into physical confrontations. The resulting bar fight injuries range from bumps and bruises, to lacerations, head trauma, and even broken bones. Some of these injuries can be quite serious and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation, prompting victims to wonder if they can recover damages through a personal injury or liability lawsuit. The good news is, yes, in many cases injured parties can sue for damages for bar fight injuries, but first you need to determine liability with help from a personal injury attorney. Who Could Be Held Liable For The Victim’s Injuries? The obvious candidate for liability is the assailant. Assailants can be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses. A personal injury or liability lawsuit can be brought against assailants in addition to any criminal charges he/she may be facing. The less obvious candidate for liability is the bar owner. Due to premises liability laws, bar owners have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for their patrons. Owners must do everything “reasonably possible” to ensure the safety and well being of their customers. This includes having policies and procedures in place to reduce the chances of bar fights. That might include hiring security personnel or bouncers who can have people removed from the premises if they are getting too aggressive or refusing to serve alcohol to people who are obviously already drunk.