Bar Nightclub Assault and Battery Attorney – Injury Lawsuit Information


Thousands of individuals suffer injuries caused by acts of violence in bars and nightclubs across the State of California. Los Angeles, with its numerous nightclubs, bars, and other nighttime establishments, has one of the highest incidence injuries resulting from fights, sexual assaults, and batteries in the state. Victims of acts of violence have the right to have such perpetrators charged with crimes. What is more, victims have the right to seek financial compensation for all losses suffered.

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Common Causes of Injuries in Nightclubs and Owner/Operator Liability

By far the most common cause of fights and acts of aggression in nighttime establishments is a combination of the availability of alcoholic drinks and inadequate security. In other words, managers and operators have a duty to provide for the security a reasonable prudent person would have in a setting where large amounts of alcoholic drinks are provided. Typically, an injured party is entitled to seek recovery from the person who caused the harm. In such cases, you are permitted to pursue a claim for damages against a few different entities. Below is a list of certain parties that can be held liable in the event that you have been harmed due to the negligence of a security company. Different theories of liability will apply to each and, depending on the facts surrounding your case, you can determine who is liable. A qualified attorney who has experience in sexual assault cases can help you figure out who is liable.

Nightclub or bar: Generally, the first responsible party is the nightclub. If you were assaulted by security  at a nightclub venue you can pursue a claim against the nightclub for the injuries you have sustained.  Typically, any patron at a nightclub is owed the highest duty of care. This is referred to as a  business invitee, or someone who enters the business for benefit of the business owner. Patrons at a  nightclub benefit the business by purchasing cocktails, which affords the business some type of financial  gain. As a result they are owed the highest duty of care. If the security at the establishment assaults or  attacks a patron the owners of the establishment are liable for the injuries and harm suffered by that  party.

Security company: In certain situations, you may be able to pursue a claim against the security company  as well. Typically it will need to be determined whether the security company is a separate entity. If the  security company is a separate company you will want to pursue a claim against them as well for your  injuries. In such cases you will want to assert that the nightclub was negligent in the employment of the  security personal and that the security was also negligent in the employment of the security guards. Generally, through the litigation process, you will be able to identify whether the guards were properly trained or whether they had the correct licenses to carry weapons and other critical details. If it is  determined that the guards were not properly trained or licensed, you will be able to pursue a claim  against the security company for your injuries.

Landlord liability: If you have a case where the landlord was notified or aware that the tenant was  creating a dangerous conditions, he may be liable. However, you will usually need to show a  consistent record that the landlord knew of the fact that his tenant was having issues at the property or that the premises were dangerous and a place where people were getting hurt. This is a difficult fact to  ascertain and will usually be a difficult element of the case to pursue. However, in situations where you  have significant injuries, under California’s Prop 51 laws, it will allow you to pursue the landlord for damages.

Contact an expert attorney with expertise in assault and battery injury lawsuits to get a better idea of who is liable for your damages.

Steps to Take if You Have Been Assaulted at  Nightclub

(1) If injured in any way seek medical assistance. Contact local paramedics and have them take you to the emergency room.

(2) Contact the local police department and file a police report. Have the individual perpetrators identified and arrested.

(3) File a claim with the security of managers of the establishment.

(4) Contact an accomplished attorney with experience handling assault and battery claims so that you can learn more about your legal rights.

Statute of Limitation for Filing a Civil Lawsuit in the Court of Law

Generally in the state of California civil lawsuits have to be filed within two years from the date of the violent incident resulting in the injuries suffered. In some cases courts have granted a tolling of the statutory deadline allowing for individuals to file a claim post-deadline. Examples where the courts of tolled a statute include:

(1) Mental incapacitation of the victim

(2) Physical incapacitation

(3)The person was jailed and could not seek a legal remedy

(4) The harm or injury did not manifest itself until a later time

(5) Minors exception: Individuals who are injured have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit in the court of law

If you feel that you may be eligible to receive an exception to the statute of limitations, call us today to speak with a lawyer experienced in assault and battery cases.

Compensation Available for Victims

Persons who have suffered severe injuries due to the negligent or intentional conduct of properly owners and managers of establishment are entitled to compensation for all injuries suffered. Financial recovery is available for the following damages:

  • All medical and health related costs.
  • Cost of future medical and rehabilitation care.
  • Pain and suffering including mental anguish and emotional distress.
  • Economic damages – loss of work, lost wages, and loss of future income.

Punitive Damages

Based on recent United States Supreme court decisions punitive damages awards should not be in excess of at least ten times the actual damages suffered. Judges can award such damages when the at fault party acted either with the intent to cause harm or reckless disregard of the life and health of others. Such damages are awarded for the purpose of placing a burden on the individuals or corporations participating in the wrongful or reckless conduct that resulted in the harm suffered.

Punitive damages are very difficult to acquire, and only an experienced attorney will be able to win them.

Attorney Consultation Available

If you have any further questions available, feel free to consult our experienced lawyers at the top personal injury law firm in Los Angeles: Normandie Law Firm. All legal consultations regarding any legal matter you may have pertaining to an assault and battery claim are provided free of charge.


Further Information:

What Should I Do if Assaulted in a Bar or Nightclub

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