Lawyer Comments: Stabbing victim lawyer Brian Kent discusses financial compensation for bar stabbing victims in the second part of this article.
One man was killed and three others were wounded in a stabbing outside of the Chez Marie nightclub in Plainfield, New Jersey in the early hours of Sunday, February 23.
Plainfield police responded to reports of a stabbing at the nightclub at 44 Watchung Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on February 23. Responding officers found four men with stab wounds.
One of the four men was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three were hospitalized for emergency treatment. Their conditions were not immediately available.
The deceased man has been identified as 30-year-old Olvin Benitez Lopez.
Three men were arrested about a month later in connection with the stabbing. 20-year-old Jose Rivera Nelson Martinez, 22-year-old Rudy Gonzalez Segovia, and 29-year-old Arquimidis Jossue Alvarado Arias have all been charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder, and weapons-related offenses.
Crime victim lawyer Brian Kent represents nightclub stabbing and shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to weigh in with some information regarding the legal rights of these victims and families:
The owners of nightclubs, bars, and all other businesses are legally responsible for making sure their patrons are safe from preventable dangers – including foreseeable violent crime.
Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs are at a higher risk of violence than most other businesses due to alcohol consumption. This means that preventative measures should be in place to reduce the risk of violent crime as much as possible.
After a nightclub stabbing, all of the circumstances surrounding the stabbing should be investigated. Along with identifying and arresting the suspects, the nightclub should also be investigated to determine if proper safety measures were in place. Some nightclub stabbings only happen because of inadequate security and other types of negligence.
In nightclub stabbings where negligence was a factor, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner. If you or a loved one is a nightclub stabbing victim, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated crime victim lawyers.