West Virginia is known to have many great colleges within the state including those in Morgantown, Fairmont, Huntington, Buckhannon, and Charleston. These areas are also known to attract many local tourists for sightseeing and nightlife. While local bars and clubs can be a great place to catch up with friends and family or for a great night out, there are also many security issues that must be identified and addressed each night. Like many others who are responsible for protecting individuals, security guards and bouncers in nightclubs throughout the state must do their best to provide a safe place for everyone to enjoy. However, there are occasions when altercations in nightclubs become physical, requiring bouncers to make quick decisions. When a bouncer handles an altercation in a way that causes you injury, you may be entitled to relief. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.
Unnecessary Force Injuries
Often times, we see bouncers in movies throwing a rowdy patron out of the club or bar head first. While it does provide a laugh for your entertainment, it is not the protocol bouncers are meant to follow and could amount to a negligence claim. When making a negligence claim based on excessive force, you need an experienced attorney.
Negligence Claims and Bar Fights
Negligence is a type of claim brought against individuals whose carelessness or recklessness causes your injuries. To prevail in a personal injury claim for negligence, the injured party must prove that the bouncer owed a duty, breached that duty, that the breach has caused you injuries, and as a result you suffered damages. The state of West Virginia also follows a comparative negligence standard, which prohibits individuals from recovering for any injuries to which they themselves contributed. In addition, if you are more than 50% responsible for your own injury, your personal injury claim will be barred.
Comparative negligence is just one of the reasons negligence claims against bouncers are difficult. Negligence claims against bouncers are also difficult cases because the amount of force necessary to regain control and remove troublesome patrons is subject to interpretation. The amount of necessary force will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you and your loved ones can get the relief you deserve.
Contact Colombo Law
Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.
Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation.