Negligent Security at Nightclubs, Strip Clubs, Bars & Lounges
Assaults, Fighting, Shootings and Stabbings Due to Inadequate Security
majority of people go to Florida nightclubs, bars and taverns for an
evening of fun with friends and relaxation; however, anytime alcohol is
being served to a diverse crowd, late at night, in a packed venue, and
with limited security, the potential for assaultive behavior exists.
and club owners have a duty to protect its customers from violent acts,
such as assaults
, and other conduct by their employees (bar
, wait staff) and third parties (patrons, vendors). A
club owner may be liable for patrons injuries if their employees
instigate a fight, fail to prevent a fight from happening or allow
people in with weapons. A business owner may also be liable for violent
acts and injuries that occur outside of its establishment (parking lot
due to inadequate or improper security. A bar owner who has a history of
violent activities is even more susceptible to liability for future
incidents, since they should have know and taken preventative measures. Common Causes of Negligent Security at Bars & Taverns
- Inebriated Patrons & Guests: Customers,
nightclub bouncers and doormen are often victims of patron attacks.
Many of whom may have been heavily drinking, using drugs or are
disgruntled and looking for a fight.
- Inadequate or Lack of Safety Procedures: Clubs
must have adequately trained security guards and staff, in sufficient
numbers, to maintain calm and order. They need to be able to monitor the
crowd (id checks, intoxicated and confrontational customers, patron
removal, monitor doors, exits and parking lots), to encourage positive behavior and to enforce the house rules.
- Employee Assaults: While
bouncers, security guards and staff are intended to diffuse situations
(fights, assaults) and keep nightclub patrons safe, many times they can
add to the hostility or elevate the danger level.
- Negligent Hiring/Negligent Retention:
When an employer hires someone without completing the proper background
checks (sexual predators, criminal background checks) and the new hire
assaults a co-worker or customer. This also includes an employer’s
negligent retaining of an employee who has a known propensity for
Unfortunately, many of the victims in these
assaults and fights are innocent bystanders. Victims often suffer broken
bones and fractures, permanent injuries, catastrophic injury
, and in some cases, wrongful death
Florida does have a
Dram Shop law. Dram shop laws hold a bar, night club or restaurant
owner, as well as their servers, responsible when a guest injures or
kills them self or another person after the bar, restaurant or night
club allowed that guest to become visibly intoxicated at their
establishment. Claims may only be brought by or on behalf of a minor or
In a recent case that our law firm handled, we
obtained a $2,000,000 jury verdict for a patron who was attacked by
another patron at All Stars Sports Bar & Grill. Our client sustained
serious facial trauma including four missing teeth and a broken jaw,
which will require multiple surgeries and bone grafting to repair. Click here
for additional negligent security cases we have handled.
you or a loved one has been the victim of assault, rape
, or other violent crime or death, while at a Florida bar,
nightclub or restaurant, contact our negligent security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.