As consumers and patrons, individuals have a right to expect that residential and commercial properties will maintain a safe environment. Premises liability laws allow injury victims to sue for financial compensation should these responsibilities be neglected. Bars and nightclubs are often the site of fights, injuries, and accidents, in large part due to the alcohol that is served. When an accident or injury does occur, the bar owner may be held accountable. Bar injuries that could fall under premises liability laws include those stemming from bar fights and drunk driving. At Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys have represented many cases involving premises liability and bars. We can help Oklahoma City, OK injury victims fight for financial compensation if they’ve been injured in such an accident.
Common Bar Injuries
The bar should be a fun place to grab some drinks and hang out with friends. Unfortunately, if proper care isn’t taken to maintain a safe environment, the bar can quickly become a dangerous place. Countless people are injured each year either in a bar, or as the result of drunk driving when someone is leaving the bar. Below are some of the most common types of bar injuries:
- Slips and falls: Bars are often crowded with people, tables, chairs, and barstools. A tipped chair or a spilled drink can easily turn into a dangerous obstacle that can cause a slip or fall. These types of injuries vary in severity, but may cause serious and costly injuries. If bar owners or managers fail to keep the bar free of such obstacles, they may be held responsible for injuries suffered.
- Bar fights: Unfortunately, bar fights are a fairly common occurrence. Victims of a bar fight may suffer numerous injuries that require costly medical care. While the persons involved in a bar fight should be held accountable, the owners of the bar may also share some responsibility. If proper security was not provided to prevent or stop the bar fight, then a premises liability lawsuit may be appropriate.
- Bouncer injuries: Bars require adequate security to prevent altercations and other problems. However, if bouncers and other bar security are not properly trained, they may be part of the problem. Many people are injured by security when being escorted out of a bar or club. If bar owners are shown to be neglectful in the hiring or training of their security, they may be responsible for damages.
- Drunk driving accidents: Although drunk driving accidents usually take place off bar property, dram shop laws indicate that victims of drunk driving accidents may seek compensation from the establishment that served the drunk driver. These laws hold bars (or any establishment that sells alcohol) responsible if they are shown to have continued to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron.
Individuals who have been injured at a bar or as the result of a drunk driver should look into filing a premises liability lawsuit. Our attorneys are experienced in this area of the law and can examine the details of such accidents to see if a premises liability lawsuit is appropriate. If a property owner is found liable, injury victims may be due financial compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been injured in a bar accident and would like to learn more about premises liability laws as they pertain to bar owners, our attorneys are happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at your earliest convenience to set up a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.