Bar Fights And Assaults By Bouncers
If you have been injured because of an assault in a bar, tavern night club by a patron, bouncer, security guard or other person, you may have a lawsuit. Our New York personal injury lawyers have sued many bars and night clubs for assaults and injuries.
In general the law in New York requires landowners including club owners and bar owners to provide a safe premises. This includes protection from criminal acts, such as assaults of patrons by other customers. Therefore if there is a situation escalating, the bar or club’s security and bouncers, or other employees have an obligation to intervene and make sure their customers are safe. Where they fail to do so, they can be sued and held responsible for injuries caused in the assault.
Likewise, New York’s Dram Shop law and the Alcohol and Beverage Control Laws prohibit sales of alcohol to obviously drunk or intoxicated individuals or individuals under the age of twenty one. Obviously drunk and underage people are more likely to become aggressive and when these bars or clubs serve people who should not be served, they are responsible for assaults that occur.
Likewise all too often, bouncers and security staff that are supposed to just restrain people who get into arguments and escort them out and eject them separately, get personally involved or take things to far. Often bouncers are on steroids, have short tempers and something to prove. Sometimes the bars are even using gang members or convicted felons as security guards. More recnetly our New York attroneys who handle bouncer assault cases have seen an increase in bouncers that do mixed martial arts, and these trained fighters can inflict serious injuries on an untrained bar patron or college kid. Our Westchester bar assault lawyers in recent years have seen an increase in more serious injures resulting from altercations with bouncers including broken noses, fractured orbital bones and fractured jaws. Our New York City attorneys who handle bouncer assault cases have even seen an increase in women who are being assaulted by bouncers in bars and clubs. Bouncers are knonw to abuse their power and assault the bar’s customers, and often engage in excessive force in response to minor instigation. These security guards are supposed to be trained to know how to safely handle even people who are intoxicated, without causing injury. When bars and clubs hire security who are not qualified, not properly trained or unlicensed, the bar can be held liabile for injuries caused by the unqualified guards or overly aggressive bouncers. New York State law and the New York City Administrative Code required that all security guards who work in bars, clubs or any other place which sells alcohol be licensed and registered with the State. Likewise every bar is supposed to perform due diligence in researching the background of their candidate. Our New York personal injury lawyers have handled numerous cases involving injuries from fights in bars and assaults by bouncers.
Our bar assault lawyers know the industry and have extensive experience in obtaining the proof to prove the case. Our Westchester and Manhattan personal injury lawyers, know that nowadays, bars and clubs have video cameras everywhere. Our attorneys also know that if you don't act quickly, the video can disapppear. Our attorneys have had great success in both the Westchester Supreme Court and the New York City Courts when we file a lawsuit immediately and get a Court order preventing the establishment from allowing the video evidence to disappear or be recorded over. Often this surviellance video evidence is the best evidence that wins cases.
Our personal injury lawyers have expertise in identifying the prior incidents of violence in a bar. Our attorneys often get all of the State Liquor Authority records which documents assaults, violations of New York’s Alcohol and Beverage Law and instances of disorderly conduct. A pattern of violence is powerful evidence of a need for security or more security and can be of tremendous value in establishing liability.
Our New York lawyers have handled cases involving the New York bar scene, the New York City (Manhattan) club scene and the Yonkers, Queens and Bronx Latin Clubs and Dance halls. For a consultation with our New York City bar assualt lawyers in our Manhattan Office call (212) 858-0503 or for a consultation in our White Plains office call (914) 574-8330.
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