When Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin is a former criminal prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to discuss bar owner liability for shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents on their properties:
Bar owners, along with all other types of business owners, have a legal duty to protect their patrons from foreseeable risks. When a patron, employee, or another visitor to a business gets injured in an accident on the property, it’s important to determine if this legal duty was met. Additionally, bar owners are also legally obligated to guard against the risk of reasonably foreseeable crime.
For example, if a shooting occurs at a bar with a history of violence or located in a high-crime area, the bar owner could potentially be held liable for failing to keep their patrons safe. This would likely be the case if no security precautions were followed, such as hiring security guards and requiring guests to be searched for weapons before entering. In such cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against a business for shooting.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a shooting or stabbing at a bar, restaurant, nightclub, or another business, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors attorney.
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