KRON 4 reports that early Sunday morning a large brawl broke out at La Rosa Tequilaria located on 500 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Police responded to the fight that supposedly involved at least 15 people.
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a 28-year-old victim suffering from a stab wound in his back and a broken nose. The victim was in the patio area of the restaurant. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
Police say the victim was uncooperative in their investigation and they are still searching for a suspect in the stabbing.
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.