Negligent Security Bar/Nightclub Injury
All businesses have a duty to keep their premises safe for invitees; bars and nightclubs are one of the most common types of premises for brawls, robbery, sexual assault, spiking drinks—of which there are over 320,000 cases annually—and even kidnapping and murder. This probably comes as little surprise. Research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine has shown a correlation between alcohol establishment density and violent crime; the more available alcohol is in a neighborhood, the more assault, rape, robbery, and overall violent crime that neighborhood has. The alcohol establishments themselves are often the epicenters for these types of crimes. If you were injured in any type of violent act at a nightclub or bar, or a loved one lost his or her life, you have the right to file a personal injury claim or negligent security, and hold the business owner liable for damages.
Negligent Security Personal Injury Damages
As with other types of personal injury claims, damages for a negligent security claim can include the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning ability;
- Property damage; and
A Successful Negligent Security Claim Involves Proving The Following Two Elements
- The plaintiff was physically injured by a third party on the business owner’s property; and
- The business owner failed to act with reasonable care to prevent the foreseeable injury from taking place, or the business owner failed to warn invitees of known dangers or risks.
The second element typically requires that the plaintiff show a pattern or history of such assaults or robberies on the premises, and that the business owner did not take reasonable precautions, such as installing security cameras or employing bouncers or security guards, from occurring in the future. As such, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to do this type of investigation and dig up potential crimes that took place in the bar or nightclub in the recent past.
Types of Security That The Bar or Nightclub May Have Been Lacking
If you were injured in a nightclub or bar, chances are it could have been prevented had the owner provided more security, enforced the number of drinks customers could be served, or properly maintained the premises. Examples of security measures that can be taken at nightclubs and bars include:
- Exterior or interior security cameras;
- Security guards;
- Staff training;
- Alcohol regulation: excessive drinking/over serving customers;
- Street lights;
- Security lights;
- Parking lot lights;
- Interior lighting; and
- Properly working locks, gates, doors, or fencing.
Reach Out to an Experienced Ocala Negligent Security Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Injuries that result from a nightclub or bar incident often are accompanied by psychological trauma as well. The Ocala personal injury attorneys at Glover Law Firm understand how difficult this time is for you and will do everything in our power to advocate on your behalf so that you get the compensation you deserve. Call our offices today at 352-484-0775 to schedule a free consultation.