Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Violence On Their Properties?
Stabbing crime victim lawyer, Brian Kent is an attorney contributor who represents restaurant stabbing victims in civil lawsuits.
“All commercial property owners have a legal duty of keeping their premises free from foreseeable dangers that could end up injuring those who visit their properties. For restaurant owners, providing a reasonable standard of security is an important part of this legal duty in order to keep their patrons and employees safe from the threat of preventable violent crime”, said Mr. Kent
“Generally speaking, if a violent crime like a stabbing occurs on their property, then a restaurant owner may be partially responsible due to negligent or inadequate security. Establishing restaurant owner liability is complex because the stabbing must be considered reasonably foreseeable. This may be the case if the restaurant had a prior history of violence, or if it was located in an area with high crime rates. If the violence was reasonably foreseeable and only occurred due to inadequate security, the victims and their families may grounds for a lawsuit”, Mr. Kent explained.
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