Negligent or Inadequate Security: The Reasonable Expectation to Be Safe in a Bar
A night out on the town should be fun, a way to unwind from the stresses of life. Going to a club or bar with friends should be a safe way to enjoy some music or relax while playing a game of pool. Bars, like any public business, have a responsibility to keep their patrons safe. Unfortunately, negligent or inadequate security can put bar patrons at risk for serious injury and even death.
There are certain expectations that need to be met by business owners. They need to run their business lawfully, providing their product or service in an honest manner to their customers. It is also expected that they provide a safe and secure environment for their customers when they own a brick-and-mortar establishment. This includes proactively preventing injuries due to any safety or security concerns. A wet floor or broken chair in a bar are safety concerns; negligent securities are when the establishment does not protect the safety of their patrons from third parties.
What is Negligent Security in a Bar?
It should be reasonable to expect to be safe when you go out with friends to a bar, club or restaurant. However, you only need to have read the headlines over the last few years to know that this isn’t always the case. Innocent people who are shot, stabbed, or attacked in bars and other establishments may not have received the protection they expected when they went out for the evening.
Negligent or inadequate security at a bar or night club is when the expected precautions are not in place to protect patrons from third party attacks. While not all attacks can be prevented, it is reasonable to expect businesses will take the necessary precautions to make their establishments safe by having adequate security. There should be adequate lighting around the building and in parking lots to promote safety for patrons coming to and from the bar. Security precautions like cameras and bouncers at bars can help prevent foreseeable crimes and reduce danger for patrons.
Negligent or inadequate security lawsuits are complex, but many people have successfully won these cases with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. If you were seriously injured at a bar or other business due to inadequate security measures that allowed you to be put at risk, you may be eligible to seek a liability claim against the business. Contact Tison Law Group to schedule a consultation to discuss your claim.