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When you are out enjoying a night on the town, things can sometimes get a little bit out of hand. In anticipation of these situations, bars and other establishments will typically hire bouncers to make sure that things calm down quickly and everyone remains safe. However, what happens if it is actually the bouncer who assaults a patron?
If you were attacked by a bar or a nightclub bouncer, you may be seeking justice as well as compensation. In these situations, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer to get an idea of what your legal rights—and the road to recovery—might be. A call to Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 will get you a 100% free initial consultation with one of our experienced nightclub injury attorneys, so make that call today.
what to do after being attacked by a bar bouncer
After experiencing a nightclub bouncer attack, assault victims might feel frantic and lost. This feeling can continue even after the events occur as you begin to wonder what your rights were, whether they were violated, and what that potential violation might be worth. In order to preserve any potential legal claim that you might have, it is critical that you understand a few key steps that should be completed after a bouncer assault.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Bouncer assaults typically happen in loud, chaotic environments; because of this, onlookers may not be as quick to realize that you or another party needs medical attention. For the sake of your physical health and potential legal claim, it is critical that you get the medical attention that you need as soon as you possibly can. First, injuries can become worse if they are left untreated, and some injuries may have a limited window within which to seek treatment; getting to a medical professional immediately after your assault gives you the best possible chance of fully regaining your physical health.
In addition, if you want to recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to be able to link them to the nightclub bouncer attack. The other parties may attempt to argue that your injuries were unrelated to the incident if there is a long delay before you get your injuries treated. Getting medical attention very quickly strengthens the link between your injuries and the assault that caused them.
2. Report the Assault
Once you have addressed your medical needs, the next step is to turn your attention towards protecting any legal claim that could exist; this involves reporting the assault to both the bar ownership and the police. Speak to the bar owner and make sure that they do not delete any footage of the assault that might exist; after you have done this, if the police were not called by someone else, make sure that they are called and respond to the scene. Filing a police report gives you a chance to officially document all of the details about the incident in which you were attacked by a bar bouncer while they are fresh on your mind.
3. Document the Assault
Rather than being a single step, documenting the bouncer assault that you were involved in is something that you need to at every step along the way. When it comes to a personal injury case, it is always better to be overprepared by having more information than you actually need than to not have critical documentation. This documentation can include the collection of contact information for the bouncer, the bar or nightclub owner, and any potential witnesses, making sure to keep track of all of your medical records, and getting receipts for any personal property that might have been damaged in the altercation.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Dealing with the aftermath of an assault is not something that you have to deal with on your own; while you might go to a doctor to help you with your medical needs, an injury attorney can help you with your legal needs when you’ve been attacked by a bar bouncer or nightclub security personnel. Speaking with an attorney after you sustain your injuries can help to give you an idea of what your legal rights might be, how much a potential lawsuit could be worth, and what the next steps are. In addition, you have nothing to lose by reaching out to a law firm like Zinda Law Group because the initial consultations are 100% free and confidential.
who is liable for my nightclub attack injuries?
One important question that has to be answered in every personal injury claim is who, exactly, is liable. In the case of a nightclub bouncer attack, this will usually be either the owner of the nightclub or bar, the bouncer themselves, or both.
Bar patrons might assume that bouncers enjoy some sort of legal protections for engaging in physical contact in the course of their job, like the immunity that a law enforcement officer might have; however, this is generally not true. Bouncers are treated like ordinary citizens under the law; this means that a bouncer can only engage in self-defense if a patron attacks them or otherwise makes unwanted physical contact. They may also be allowed to use physical force if a patron is committing a crime, hurting someone else, or threatening to cause harm to someone else; however, outside of these circumstances, if a bouncer makes unwanted physical contact with a patron, then they could be liable for any damages that results.
The owner of the nightclub or bar could also be liable for their patron’s injuries. One of the legal theories under which this liability could arise is negligent hiring; the owners of establishments owe a certain duty of care to their patrons and guests to make sure that they are safe. This duty extends to making sure that they properly vet all of their staff; to give an example, if the owner of a bar hired a bouncer without realizing that they had an extensive criminal history of assaults similar to the one that you were the victim of, then that could be grounds for a negligent hiring lawsuit against the bar.
what is my case worth?
Assault victims can have lots of expensive bills; thus, one of the most pressing questions they might have is, “What is my case worth?” This is impossible to answer without consulting with a personal injury attorney due to the complicated nature of injury lawsuits; however, there are a few guideposts to begin to give assault victims who have been attacked by a bar bouncer an idea of what they might stand to receive if their claim is successful. Generally, compensation is comprised of two types of damages, though a third may be available in certain circumstances.
Economic damages are comprised of the tangible losses that a personal injury victim experiences as a result of the assault or accident that they were involved in. This can include medical bills, lost paychecks from being unable to work, and any money that you were forced to spend to replace damaged personal property. Economic damages are typically fairly easy to prove and quantify, and they will usually be backed up by things like receipts or bills.
Non-economic damages refer generally to the pain and suffering that an accident victim goes through. Being attacked by a bar bouncer can be a fairly traumatic experience, and as such, it can lead to a fair amount of mental and emotional suffering that could require the intervention of mental health professionals. It is obviously harder to put an exact dollar amount on non-economic damages, but the general rule is that they will be higher the worse the assault is and the worse the victim suffers from it.
In certain cases, punitive damages may also be available to victims of bar assaults. Whereas economic and non-economic damages are focused on getting the victim back to the point that they were at before the incident, punitive damages are focused on the wrongdoer. They are intended to serve as a punishment, and as a sort of warning to others to not act the same way; generally, they will only be available where the wrongdoer acted in a particularly egregious way.
how zinda law group can help
Wherever you are located in the US, if you try to wade through the law firms online who claim that they are the best suited to your needs, you can quickly become overwhelmed. Consider the fact that not all firms offer the same quality of legal representation. Thus, it is important that you are able to pick the firm that gives you the best chance of receiving maximum compensation.
Zinda Law Group combines the resources of a large, nationwide firm with the individualized attention and localized legal knowledge of a smaller boutique operation. In addition, we understand the laws that govern nightclub bouncer attacks and negligent hiring nightclub lawsuits. Our personal injury lawyers work hard to get to the bottom of the facts regarding any assault in which a person has been attacked by a bar bouncer; we work with victims to help them get the compensation that they deserve.
call zinda law group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation
Dealing with the aftermath of a bar bouncer assault can be incredibly difficult. Perhaps the most important thing to remember if this has happened to you or your family member is that you don’t need to go through it alone. The personal injury attorneys at the Zinda Law Group stand ready to help you and your family deal with the legal burden. In addition, you won’t pay us anything until we win your case for you—that’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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