Legal Commentary: In the second part of this article, stabbing victim lawyer Kim Dougherty discusses filing a lawsuit for a stabbing in a bar.
Police are looking for a suspect following a large fight that left 4 people stabbed at Old School House Pub & Restaurant in Hudson on March 7.
Police responded to reports of a fight at the bar and restaurant on School street shortly before midnight on Saturday, March 7. Responding officers found two people with stab wounds in their stomach areas and a third who had been stabbed in the arm inside of the pub, and a fourth person with a stab wound to the leg outside of the pub.
All four victims were hospitalized with serious injuries that were not believed to have been life-threatening.
A police investigation revealed that the four victims were inside the bar when a large fight started and a man familiar to the victims pulled out a knife and attacked them.
A warrant has been issued for the suspect in the shooting - 26-year-old Diony Cimini-Freitas. Charges include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.
Crime victim lawyer Kim Dougherty helps stabbing victims and their families recover the financial compensation they need and deserve through civil lawsuits. Kim has some thoughts to share on the legal options available to bar stabbing victims and their families:
The owners of bars, restaurants, and all other businesses have a legal duty to make sure their properties are reasonably secure. This includes reasonable security measures that can reduce the risk of violent crime. When a stabbing happens at a bar, it's important to both find the suspect and to determine if the stabbing could have been prevented by better security measures.
Some bar stabbings only happen due to the owner's failure to meet their legal duty to safeguard their premises. This is often the case when the location had a history of other violent crime. Property owners must take preventative measures to minimize the risk of future violent crime, such as hiring security. In cases where the owner failed to have adequate security standards in place, bar stabbing victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been stabbed at a bar or restaurant, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our dedicated crime victim attorneys.