Can Bar Owners Be Liable For Shooting on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has represented clients of bar shooting victims in civil cases. Below he has offered to share his insight on the legal options available to bar shooting victims and their families.
Business and other property owners are required by law to help maintain the safety of all employees and customers on the premises. To do this, they must offer adequate security on site, which includes things like video surveillance, metal detectors, and parking lot lighting at night. Thus, when a shooting occurs at a place, like a bar, it is important to consider whether or not adequate security was supplied by the owner. If proper security was not provided, then property owner negligence may have played a role in the shooting and the victim may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owner.
Nonetheless, the victim’s attorney needs to go beyond just proving inadequate security by the property owner. The shooting or violent crime that occurs on-site must also be shown to have been reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if a bar owner receives reports that crime is increasing annually in the area and decides not to take necessary precautions, he or she may be held liable if a violent crime occurs and someone is injured or killed. The important part to remember, though, is that inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together if a violent crime victim wants to have a valid lawsuit.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a bar shooting, it is in your best interest to reach out to an experienced attorney immediately. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced crime victim attorneys today to discuss all relevant legal options on the matter.
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