If you think the worst thing that can happen to you at a nightclub or bar is you throwing up in the restroom or out the window in Uber on your way back home, think again.
There are many hazards that exist at nightclubs in bars in Pittsburgh and all across Pennsylvania, and they go well beyond intoxicated patrons trying to pick fights with you. Speaking of intoxicated persons… Statistically speaking, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of suffering injury at a nightclub or bar.
One of the most common misconceptions about nightclub and bar accidents is that you will be barred from seeking compensation for your injury simply because the establishment serves alcohol to its patrons. “In fact, being drunk at the time of your accident does not necessarily mean that you will be unable to recover damages for your injury,” says our Pittsburgh nightclub and bar accident attorney at SMA Law Group.
The main factor that will be considered when determining whether any party involved, including the nightclub or bar itself, was negligent, reckless, careless, or committed a crime.
The first steps you should take after a nightclub or bar accident is reporting the accident to the management of the establishment. Ideally, you could also report the accident to the police if the accident involved a crime or serious injury. By not reporting your accident right away, there is a high likelihood that the establishment’s insurance company will deny your claim, which may be filed the next day or any other day, by arguing that there is no evidence indicating that you were injured at this particular establishment on that particular day.
At the scene of your nightclub or bar accident, you will also have to write down the names, addresses, contact information, and insurance information of all parties involved, including the nightclub or bar itself. Our experienced nightclub and bar accident attorney in Pittsburgh also recommends writing down the names and contact information of witnesses who saw the accident or incident.
There are many types of accidents and incidents that can occur at nightclubs and bars, including but not limited to:
Under Pennsylvania law, you may have a right to sue the owner of the nightclub or bar where your injury occurred even if you were injured due to one of its employees. That’s because employers are held liable for the actions of their employees as long as these actions are within the course and scope of employment.
One of the most common causes of nightclub and bar injuries are fights. Just because you were injured by another patron does not necessarily mean that the establishment and/or its staff members were not negligent. Our Pittsburgh nightclub and bar accident lawyer explains that the establishment may be held liable if it failed to ensure adequate security measure or continued to serve alcohol to the intoxicated person, who eventually started the fight (Pennsylvania’s dram shop liability).
Determining liability for an accident at a nightclub or bar in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania may not be simple. That’s why it is advised that you speak to skilled premises liability lawyers. You can contact SMA Law Group to get a free consultation about your case. Call our offices at 412-765-3345 today.