BAR FIGHT INJURIES
Inadequate Security at a Los Angeles Bar, Nightclub or Similar Venue
Have you been injured in a fight at a bar, nightclub, concert, or other public establishment in the Los Angeles area? Has a bouncer or security guard used unnecessary force and caused you physical harm? Did they not adequately protect you from danger? Contact our attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure the reasonable safety of customers and guests. If you have been injured on someone else's property, you have a right to recover compensation from the owners for your medical expenses and other damages. Our attorneys will protect your legal rights and aggressively pursue those responsible for your injuries.
In addition to bar fight injuries, negligent security can also involve other tragic scenarios. If a shopping mall parking lot is not adequately secured, assaults or thefts may occur. If a bar patron is harassed or threatened and bouncers did not adequately respond, this may be another instance in which a property owner or manager failed to ensure the safety of visitors. Our lawyers have decades of experience in this area of the law and we have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients throughout Los Angeles. Call us for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. We may be able to help you recover what you deserve.
Defining Inadequate Security
In California, property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers, guests, and invitees to their property. The property owners can be sued if someone is hurt because of the property owner's negligence or carelessness. This is called "premises liability." One type of premises liability addresses the situation where a customer or guest is injured by a third party (for example someone starts a fight with you at a bar). This is called "negligent security" and the property owner can be sued if he or she failed to provide reasonably safe and secure conditions. The property owner may be held responsible for attacks, assaults, robberies, rapes, murders, and other crimes committed by a third party that results in injury to a guest or customer.
Negligent security claims may arise in any number of ways. Some of the most common examples include the following:
- inadequate lighting and surveillance
- inadequate security measures (such as inadequate locks, fencing, equipment, etc.)
- malfunction of security equipment
- negligent hiring of security personnel without proper background checks
- poorly trained security guards, bouncers and other staff
- understaffed and ill-equipped employees
Whether a criminal act is alleged or not, you may have justification for a lawsuit if you have been injured as the result of premises liability, negligent security or a property owner's irresponsible actions or lack of appropriate action. If a criminal act lead to your injuries, you may also be entitled to punitive damages in a civil suit. Since no two cases are exactly the same, call us as soon as possible to discuss the details of your situation. We may be able to help you get justice.
Injuries Related To Security Personnel and Paths to Compensation
Patrons of bars, nightclubs and other public establishments are often injured by bouncers or security guards that become overly aggressive while doing their job. In these instances, the property owner is liable for the acts of their security personnel who cause injury. The property owner can also be liable if they hired someone that they knew, or should have known, had violent propensities or had a record of violent crimes (this is termed "negligent hiring"). Though an individual employee may be held personally liable, many times their employer is the one who is most at fault. They have a responsibility to hire and equip their staff.
Many employees charged with keeping the peace are subcontractors. Their employer may not be the property owner where an injury occurred. In such instances, the property owner, the security company and the individual employee may all be responsible for a patron or customer's injuries. Furthermore, in many personal injury cases, an insurance company may aggressively fight to pay compensation to an injury victim. If you have suffered in a bar fight or similar unfortunate incident, there may be medical bills to cover, lost wages to account for, and pain and suffering that you have endured. If an insurance company is not treating you fairly or you believe that you may need to sue to get what you are entitled to, call us.
We offer free initial consultations and we accept cases on a contingent fee basis. If we do not win your case, you owe us nothing. By calling us now, you will get practical advice and have the opportunity to discuss your case with highly experienced attorneys who know how to get results.