Attorney Commentary: Wondering, “Can I sue for being stabbed?” in the second part of this article, stabbing victim attorney Brian Kent discusses lawsuits for bar stabbings.
23-year-old Kenny Paterimos was tragically killed in a stabbing at Richard’s Bar in Chicago’s West Town on February 22. 30-year-old Thomas Tansey was charged with first-degree murder for his death on Wednesday, March 4.
Paterimos was out with his brother and others in a group at Richard’s Bar on 491 North Milwaukee Ave. on February 22. Another man reportedly started yelling homophobic slurs at Paterimos, said his family.
According to Paterimos’ family, a bouncer kicked Tansey out of the bar. Paterimos then went outside to smoke a cigarette later in the night, when he was stabbed. He was rushed to a hospital and later died.
Family and friends of Paterimos held Tansey down outside of the bar until police arrived. Tansey claimed self-defense and was released 48 hours later. This sparked anger from the victim’s family and others in the community, with a protest of over 100 people outside of the bar on March 3.
Tansey was eventually tracked down at Rush University Medical Center and was arrested after he exited the hospital.
Crime victim lawyer Brian Kent represents bar stabbing victims and their families, helping them find justice and recover financial compensation. Brian has offered to share some info regarding lawsuits for families of fatal bar stabbing victims:
When someone is tragically killed in a shooting or stabbing at a bar, the victim’s family is left to grieve and may struggle with personal and financial difficulties. Many families wonder if their loved one’s death was preventable and how it could have been stopped.
Bar owners have a legal duty to make sure their patrons are safe, including from preventable violence. Some stabbings may not have happened if not for negligence by the bar owner – such as failing to have proper security measures in place that could have prevented patrons from bringing weapons into the bar.
In cases of negligence, the families of fatal bar stabbing victims may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been stabbed at a bar, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced stabbing victim lawyers.