Two men were injured in a late-night stabbing at Vera Bar & Grill in Cherry Hill, NJ in the early morning hours of July 4. Police were called to the scene on the 2300 block of Marlton Pike. Both men were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Police are currently investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made yet.
Our team discussed this incident with Brian Kent, an experienced stabbing victim lawyer who represents crime victims in the civil court system.
According to Mr. Kent, nightclubs, like all other businesses, have a legal duty to do all that they can to keep their customers and employees safe. Guarding against crime is a key aspect of this responsibility. If a business owner fails to keep their premises reasonably safe from the threat of crime and someone on their property gets injured as a result, that business owner could be held liable in a premises liability lawsuit.
This case is still under investigation, but the victims could potentially have grounds for a lawsuit if it is determined that the nightclub premises were unreasonably dangerous. An example of this would be negligent security staff failing to stop a violent incident.