Liability for Bar Fight Injuries

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Liability for Bar Fight Injuries

There are a number of parties who might be liable for your Bucks County or New Jersey bar fight injuries. These parties may include:

Another Patron

The most obvious potentially liable party after a bar fight is the person who instigated the fight. Punches, slaps, kicks, bites, and other attacks all fall under the category of “assault” in Pennsylvania.

In many cases, you can file a claim to cover your medical expenses, time away from work, and pain and suffering after an assault. Talking about your situation with one of our personal injury attorneys is the best way to determine the strength of your case and to put a value on your claim. We can also advise if punitive damages may be available to you.

It is important to note, however, that filing a claim against another patron is not always the best route to get the compensation you need to cover your losses after a Pennsylvania or New Jersey bar fight. Unless the other patron is wealthy, you may never see a dime despite winning your claim.

Let us compare your other legal options, and find the best path to recovery.

The Establishment

Because they serve alcohol, bar owners have additional responsibilities above and beyond other businesses. While all businesses must provide a safe environment for customers, bars must also follow strict liquor control laws. This includes extensive training for all bartenders, servers, and other staff. When the bar fails to conduct this training or comply with these laws, it is negligence.

For example, if a bartender continues to serve a visibly intoxicated person and that drunk patron then starts a fight, the bartender not only violated Pennsylvania liquor laws but the bar may also be liable for the injuries you sustained in the fight. You may be able to hold it liable under Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s dram shop laws.

You can also hold the bar or club liable for failing to provide adequate security.

The Bouncer or Other Staff

In some cases, a bouncer or other staff member assaults a patron. If this happened to you, our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys can help you determine the best option for filing a claim.

You could pursue a claim against the bouncer as an individual, but unless he is wealthy you may not be able to recover enough compensation to cover your losses. You do, however, have another option in many cases.

Depending on the situation, you may hold the club vicariously liable for its employee’s actions.

Understanding Your Role in a Pennsylvania Bar Fight

It is important to understand the role that Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence laws can play after a bar fight. In many cases, bar fight victims acted in a way that contributed to the fight even though the injuries were primarily caused by another party.

This does not prevent you from recovering compensation, but it does reduce the amount of the payout you can collect. Our lawyers can help you better assess your contribution to the fight, and minimize the impact it has on your claim.

Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC To Get Started

If you suffered injuries in a Bucks County bar fight, the personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you identify the liable parties, file a claim for compensation, and recover the money you need to cover your medical treatment, lost wages, and more.

Call us today at 215-642-2335 to schedule your free case evaluation with a Pennsylvania bar fight attorney. 

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