Nightclubs and Premises Liability: What Can Possibly Go Wrong At a Holiday Party?
Many think that after you get attacked in a nightclub or bar, there is nothing much you can do other than calling the cops and filing personal injury lawsuits against the attacker.
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December 29, 2017

The risk of getting smashed by a bottle or a fist raises dramatically after you enter a nightclub, pub or bar. And at this time of year, nightclubs and bars are getting a lot of attention thanks to holiday parties.

And needless to say, inadequate security and violence in nightclubs and bars account for a large chunk of premises liability lawsuits during the holiday season in Cooper City and elsewhere in Florida.

Many think that after you get attacked in a nightclub or bar, there is nothing much you can do other than calling the cops and filing personal injury lawsuit against the attacker (that is, of course, if you’re lucky enough that the attacker hasn’t fled the venue)…

But our premises liability attorneys here at Law Offices of Bradley Hartman explain how a nightclub or bar can be held liable for your injuries, damages or losses sustained on their premises.

What are the potential hazards in nightclubs in bars?

There’s an unhealthy level of craze and obsession over holiday parties on Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Florida. Your employer is organizing a party, your coworkers throw separate parties, and even families choose to go partying instead of feasting and chitchatting with relatives at a Christmas/New Year table at home.

And, in most cases, these parties take place in bars and nightclubs of Cooper City and across Florida. But let’s not forget that these places are loaded with potential hazards, as the combination of alcohol and large groups of entirely different people can turn into a disaster.

A fist fight may be the least of your worries, as our Cooper City premises liability lawyers warn that in addition to physical violence, incidents of robbery and sexual assaults are not unheard of in nightclubs, pubs and bars across the country.

Fact: in recent years, there has been a 136% increase in rapes reported in clubs and bars.

Do premises liability laws apply to clubs and bars?

A club, pub or bar can be held liable for outbreaks of physical violence, injuries, robberies and sexual assaults on their premises during Christmas or New Year’s Eve holiday parties.

Under Florida state laws, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, losses and damages by holding the owners of nightlife venues accountable.

In most cases, you will need to seek the legal advice of an experienced premises liability attorney to collect all evidence and witness accounts and pull up background checks and other relevant info on the facility owner, its security and prior history of crime within its premises.

In a nutshell, in order to prove negligence on the part of nightclubs, bars and pubs, and prove that their unlawful conduct caused you harm, a premises liability lawyer will investigate and write a report of the following law violations:

1 Premises liability: if you got injured on the premises of a nightclub or bar – and none of it is your fault – the owner of the facility may be held liable for failing to provide a safe environment. Every club and bar owner is aware of the risks and high crime rates associated with unhealthy amounts of alcohol and large groups of drunk people, and yet they fail to ensure a safe environment for their guests. In legalese, that’s called negligence

2 Inadequate security: adequate and competent security is the cornerstone of safety and order in nightclubs, bars and pubs. By failing to employ a sufficient amount of or competent security personnel, facility owners put all visitors’ safety at risk.

3 Excessive drinking: since many cases of physical violence, sexual assaults and robberies during holiday parties involve overly intoxicated persons, nightclub/bar owners must not allow excessive drinking. Over-serving visitors and selling alcohol to overly intoxicated persons may complement your premises liability claim to pursue monetary compensation.

Note: the owner of the facility may not be negligent or held liable under premises liability laws if the fight was an agreed upon fight or it was a mutual brawl.

Consult our best premises liability attorneys in Cooper City to find out your best legal options in your particular case. Call Law Offices of Bradley Hartman at 954-438-1000 or send us an email to get a free initial consultation.

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