Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson specializes in civil cases dealing with victims of violent crime. Mr. Thompson has shared his thoughts on the legal options available to these victims and their families below and answer questions such as “Can you sue someone for stabbing you?“:
Every commercial property owner is legally responsible for keeping their patrons and employees safe from foreseeable hazards. Restaurant owners are required to provide a reasonable standard of security in order to keep their patrons and employees safe from the threat of preventable violent crime. Examples of adequate security measures may include hiring security personnel or installing video surveillance. If a restaurant owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured or killed on their property due to their negligence, then the victims could have a case for a lawsuit against that property owner.
Establishing bar owner liability is complex, but generally speaking, the violent crime must be deemed reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if a stabbing occurred at a restaurant with a previous history of violence, then it may be deemed reasonably foreseeable. In total, if a reasonably foreseeable crime injures a victim because of inadequate security measures, then the property owner may be considered partially liable for the crime. And therefore the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
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