I was attacked by a bouncer at a New Jersey bar and suffered injuries. What should I do?


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A: It is important to speak to a knowledgeable bar and restaurant liability lawyer immediately to assess the strength and weakness of your case. In addition, early investigation is very important. The more time that goes by, the more difficult it may be to prove what occurred.

Bars and nightclubs often employ bouncers or security personnel to prevent patrons from getting injured in bar fights and attacks. However, in some instances, bouncers or security personnel can cause injury to patrons. Some injuries occur when bouncers are attempting to break up a fight, and some occur when a bouncer assaults or attacks a patron.

Under the laws of New Jersey, a bar or nightclub may bear liability for an attack or assault by a security employee or bouncer. In order to succeed against the employer bar or nightclub, there must have been negligence on the part of the bar itself. Some examples of such negligence include:

1. knowingly staffing an overly aggressive bouncer,

2. negligently hiring a bouncer with a prior criminal record, and

3. negligently training security employees.

Related legal article: New Jersey Bar & Restaurant Liability for Negligently Serving Alcohol

To submit your case for review by our New Jersey bar and restaurant alcohol liability and accident lawyers, call Click To Call. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

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Published: August 23, 2012