Negligent Security Maryland and DC Lawyers
When you are a guest at a hotel, in your apartment building, in a shopping mall or in your office building, worrying about your personal safety should not have to be one of your primary concerns.
Jan. 14, 2012 – PRLog — Property owners and their management companies carry the responsibility of ensuring the safety of all tenants and guests without exception. When they fail in that responsibility, victims have the right to seek damages. If you or a loved one was the victim of an attack that could have been prevented if the property owner had provided adequate security, you should speak to a reliable Maryland and DC assault lawyer who represents victims in these matters.
Bars, nightclubs, lounges, and pubs can be a lot of fun but they are also commonly the location of serious injuries. A customer can be hurt by another patron, or assaulted by security. The victim may suffer serious injuries and may have the right to file a nightclub injury premises liability lawsuit.
Legal Rights of Assaulted and Injured Nightclub or Bar Patrons
A customer who has been assaulted by security guards or beaten by other customers may be able to file a nightclub injury premises liability case against the person(s) who caused the injury and the bar or nightclub owner. Security guards and bouncers do not have the right to physically restrain you or to use force against you. The job simply allows them to request that you leave the premises and to call the police if a problem arises.
Often, the security guard or bar patron does not have the money to pay for a victim’s injuries. The law permits a victim to sue and collect damages from the bar or nightclub establishment if an employee was acting within the scope of his employment when the injury occurred or if the owner’s negligence allowed the injury to take place.
Liability of a Bar or Nightclub Owner
If someone has been hurt in your bar or nightclub then you may face a lawsuit. Generally, you will be able to successfully defend yourself if:
- You acted with reasonable care to avoid injuries between patrons. For example, if you refused to serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated patron and contacted the police at the first signs of violence then you may be able to prove that you were not negligent in your responsibilities to your patrons; or
- Your employee acted willfully and outside of the scope of his employment. In other words, the employee’s actions were not sanctioned nor condoned by you.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
Whether you are filing or defending a nightclub or bar premises liability lawsuit, it is important to retain experienced counsel who can protect all of your rights and zealously advocate for you in settlement negotiations or at trial.
Contact the Law Offices of Kim Parker, P.A, to discuss your options. 410-234-2621 firstname.lastname@example.org
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