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Bar and Nightclub Accidents

There are many bars and nightclubs in the Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, and Bellingham area, with many in between. The majority of bars and nightclubs are very safe. However, there can be issues with them given that sometimes alcohol can cause people to act recklessly. Foundation, for instance, is a popular Seattle nightclub. The most common legal issues associated with injuries that occur at bars or nightclubs are: dram shop cases, premise liability cases, and negligent security cases.

Washington State Premise Liability Laws

A premise liability case simply means that the bar or nightclub did not do enough to make sure their bar or nightclub was safe. Most of the time this results in people slipping and falling on the floor and receiving injuries from their falls. In most slip and fall cases, the reason someone slips and falls is because alcohol is spilled and no one mops up the floor from the bar or nightclub. This is most common in areas where many people are coming and going.

Many times a customer will spill beer or some other substance, fail to notify the employees, and another customer will come along, with their attention directed to an eye-level, and slip and fall on the spilled beer or alcohol, having never seen the substance that was left on the floor. Bars and nightclubs have a duty to check the floors to make sure they are free of spilled substances that can cause people to slip and fall.

In slip and fall case, you have to prove that the owner of the bar or nightclub knew or reasonably should have known that the floor was slippery to the point of being dangerous. This may be very obvious or it may be difficult to prove. Witnesses certainly can help.

A lawyer can help you achieve the desired outcome in a case like this by doing any number of things, such as obtaining surveillance footage to show when the substance or content that you slipped and fell on was spilled. In these kinds of cases, timing is very important. If you slipped and fell on a substance that was only on the floor for a very short period of time, then the bar or nightclub will likely prevail on the argument that it could not have reasonably have known to clean up the spill, assuming the spill did not occur within the sight of the bar or nightclub’s employees or management.

However, if the spilled substance has been on the floor for a long period of time and the bar or nightclub’s employees and management neglected to clean it up or neglected to do a timely check of the premises to make sure it was free of dangerous substances, then your case is much stronger.

Finally, there are rare instances when someone has fallen, with severe injuries, because they were leaning over the railing at a multi-story bar or nightclub. In these situations, you have to prove that the railing was too low or not sturdy enough to maintain a normal person’s weight or height. Having the right expert to prove your case is vital in a case like this. In addition, most bars and nightclubs are either dimly lit or lit very poorly, making lighting an issue.

Negligent Security

In many bar or nightclub accidents, one of the main reasons people get hurt is because a customer attacks another customer either at the bar or in the parking lot. Not surprisingly, in many of these cases alcohol is involved and is the fuel behind the fight that breaks out and that harms someone.

Bars and restaurants have a duty to provide adequate security for the bar or nightclub and parking lot. In instances where a fight has broken out and someone is injured, it may stem from the fact that there just simply was not enough security present to either deter a fight from starting in the first place or from breaking it up before someone is seriously hurt. In these kinds of cases, it is crucial to have the right kind of expert to determine the requisite level of security needed to maintain the bar or nightclub from being a dangerous environment for customers.

The kind of altercation that occurs at restaurants and bars may result in abuse that is physical, sexual, or emotional. In any case, the bar has a duty to deter this kind of conduct.

Dram Shop Laws for Bars and Nightclubs

Alternatively, there may be what is called a dram shop case as well with respect to bars and nightclubs. In a dram shop case, this is where the bar or nightclub over-served someone too much alcohol, knew it and did it anyway, and then the person went out and drove and caused an accident with someone.

In any case, the bar or nightclub has a duty to make sure they are not overserving people too much alcohol. If you are in a car accident with someone who was served with too much alcohol by the bar or nightclub, then you have a claim against that person and the bar or nightclub. Again, just like in a case with not enough security, it is important in these kinds of cases to have the right expert on your case who can help prove liability against the bar or nightclub.

Common Bar or Nightclub Injuries

If you have been injured at a nightclub or bar, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractures
  • Death
  • Back injuries
  • Butt or tailbone injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.

How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help

If you have been injured at a bar or nightclub, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.

If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:

  • Money for pain and suffering
  • Money for lost wages
  • Money for out of pocket expenses
  • Money for medical bills

We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.

For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a bar’s parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.

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