Are Club Owners Responsible For Violence On Their Properties?
Here is attorney contributor and shooting victim lawyer Brian Kent with some discussion of the legal options available to violent crime victims:
Shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents that occur in public raise many questions. Along with finding, arresting, and prosecuting the offender, we should also ask if any third party negligence enabled the violent incident to occur.
Bar and nightclub owners, along with all other property owners, have a legal obligation to keep their properties free of preventable dangers. In some cases of violent crime, the incident was reasonably foreseeable and may have been prevented if the property owner had taken the right preventative measures, such as hiring security guards or checking customers for weapons upon entry.
The victims of shootings and stabbings in nightclubs and bars may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner if the owner’s negligence created conditions that allowed the crime to occur. Additionally, dram shop laws allow victims to sue businesses who served alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated if that person injures someone else because of their intoxication.
Assigning liability in bar shooting cases is complex. Victims and families who are curious about their legal options should discuss their case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
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