Legal Options Available to Victims of Bar Stabbings
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of Banville Law works with victims of violent crime in civil cases. We’ve asked him to share some of his knowledge on the legal options available to bar stabbing victims and their families below:
“Essentially, commercial property owners are legally obliged to ensure the safety of all of their customers and employees. These property owners then should be able to protect their patrons from preventable dangers and to do this they can offer adequate security on and around the premises. Things like video surveillance and enhanced lighting on the property at night may suffice, but of course there are many other options. When a stabbing takes place at or around the place of business, in this case a bar, one should immediately ask whether or not adequate security was supplied by the owner. If can be determined that adequate security was not found on site and someone was injured or killed by a violent crime as a result, then the victim may be able to bring forward a lawsuit against the property owner for negligence.”
“But the victim’s attorney will have to go beyond just proving inadequate security. He or she must also be able to show that the violent crime that occurred was reasonably foreseeable. So, let’s say the owner of a bar knows that shootings and stabbings are becoming more prevalent in the area and decides not to upgrade security. Well, the owner may be held liable for the violent crime inflicted on the victim because the crime was reasonably foreseeable. To be clear, though, both inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proved together for a violent crime victim to bring a lawsuit against a property owner.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by a bar stabbing, it is important that you reach out to an experienced stabbing victim attorney today. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your legal options today, please contact one of our crime victim attorneys listed on our website.
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