Can Nightclub Owners Be Held Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent shares some thoughts on civil lawsuits for violent crime victims:
Violence at bars and nightclubs is a common problem in the United States. Far too often, we hear stories of shootings and stabbings in the nightlife scenes of our cities. Many of these crimes could not have been predicted, but some may have been preventable by better security at the business where they occurred.
Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from foreseeable dangers, including an unreasonable risk of violent crime. When a violent incident occurs at a bar or nightclub, we should ask if ownership failed to meet this legal obligation. For example, bars with a history of violent incidents should make changes to prevent future violence, such as requiring customers to be searched for weapons upon entry.
Assigning premises liability to a property owner for a violent incident is a complicated process. Violent crime victims who are curious about their legal options should speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
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