You’re out, the music is pumping, the vibe feels great, and the drinks are flowing. And then tragedy strikes. You slip and fall, or you get into a scuffle, or something else happens that ends with you needing medical care. Alcohol and other factors can create atmospheres that can careen from tremendously fun to seriously dangerous in moments. This you likely already know but what you may not know is that if you’re injured in a bar or club you have a right to seek compensation for the hurt done to you.
It’s the responsibility of any private property owner to reasonably protect the safety of anyone who is on it. That means that measure should be taken to prevent slipping by customers and to protect their physical safety in the event of any fights breaking out. Failure to do this will render them liable for any injury claims brought against them.
Here’s a potential scenario. A woman is enjoying her time at a dance club when a pair of drunken men become aggressive and immediately get involved in a fist fight. The woman is then knocked over by people attempting to get away from the fight and her head falls into the bar causing a brain injury. In this case the club could potentially be held liable for: not cutting off the drinks to men who were becoming belligerent, not acting swiftly when the fight did break out, not properly controlling the crowd, and not ensuring the location was protected from causing serious head trauma due to falls. Regardless of the reason the woman is clearly entitled to financial recompense – and she will need it as a brain injury can have long lasting effects.
Any private business in Ontario has a responsibility to keep the people within its walls safe. If you’ve been hurt in a bar or club you should consult a personal injury lawyer. Call Conte & Associates at 1-877-614-0008. Based in Vaughan, Conte & Associates works with clients in Vaughan and in the surrounding cities of: Thornhill, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinberg, Maple and Richmond Hill.