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Can You Sue a Bouncer If You Are Injured?

security-guard-bouncer-posingMany people are under the misconception that if they are tossed out of a bar by a bouncer, they have no right to seek compensation for any injuries sustained. While it is true that a bouncer or security guard has the legal right to remove you from the premises, but they do not have the right to do so in a way that causes injury.

Under the law, bouncers and security guards are treated as ordinary citizens. In most situations, a bouncer can ask a patron of an establishment to leave, but they may not physically force them to do so. If, however, the patron is breaking the law or is attempting to strike out at the bouncer, the bouncer is able to physically intervene. The bouncer may also protect other patrons from assault or physical harm by another.

For example, if you were asked to leave the bar and wanted to know why, the bouncer did not have a right to toss you into the street. If, on the other hand, you were in a physical altercation with another patron, the bouncer may have had the right to physically force you to leave the building. Any injuries you sustained may be seen as consequences of your poor choices.

In many cases, holding a bouncer civilly responsible may not result in fair compensation. These workers often do not have the financial means to compensate victims of assault. It may be in the best interest for the injured patron to sue the bouncer’s employer, or the establishment, for damages based on negligence.

The establishment may not be criminally responsible for the bouncer’s actions, but a experienced attorney may be able to prove that the establishment was negligent in their hiring. For example, the establishment may not have conducted background checks on its employees, they may not have enough security on the premises, or they may have failed to train their bouncers properly.

If you have been injured by a bouncer or security guard at a bar, nightclub or other establishment, you may be able to seek compensation for those injuries. Do not assume that because the bouncer was working in the scope of their duties that they had a right to cause injury. An experienced attorney can help you determine if you have grounds for a successful case.

Any person that has been injured in Charlotte can reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys. We know local and state law, and we can help determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our office today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

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