“Nothing bad can happen to me at a nightclub or bar other than me getting overly drunk, dancing awkwardly, and then barely even walking straight to get to an Uber and arrive home…” or so you think.
Unfortunately, many things can go wrong at a nightclub or bar, regardless of whether you get overly drunk or not (though intoxication does increase the likelihood of suffering an injury in a nightclub or bar accident).
Many victims of nightclub and bar accidents tend to assume – often, wrongly – that there is no way they can recover damages in an accident at an establishment that serves alcohol. Just because you were drunk at the time of your injury does not cancel the duties of care that must be exercised by other parties, including the nightclub or bar itself.
With a Philadelphia nightclub and bar accident attorney by your side, you are much more likely to get compensated for your injury. Because what matters in a nightclub or bar accident is not the fact that you or someone else was intoxicated, but whether any of the parties was negligent or breached their duty of care.
What to do after a nightclub or bar accident?
First and foremost, immediately after your accident at a nightclub or bar, you should report the accident or incident to the management of the establishment where the accident occurred. “By doing so, you give the insurance company of the liable party no reason to call the legitimacy of your claim into question by failure to report the accident or incident immediately,” explains our nightclub and bar accident attorney in Philadelphia from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
After reporting your injury to the management and calling paramedics and police to the scene, you will need to write down the names and contact information of all parties involved as well the witnesses who saw what happened. Oftentimes, those who get injured in bar or nightclub accidents are reluctant to call 911 simply because they do not want to feel uncomfortable for ruining all the partying, boozing, and dancing for other people around them. Because as you may or may not know, when the police arrive at a party, all the fun dries up pretty quickly.
Causes of nightclub / bar accidents
Causes of injury at a nightclub and bar vary from one case to another, though the most common ones are:
- Bar fights and assaults;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Trip and fall accidents;
- Broken glass;
- Damaged furniture;
- Food poisoning;
- Defective or faulty stairs or flooring;
- Lack of handrails;
- Inadequate lighting;
- Inadequate security; and
- Sexual assaults.
More often than not, you may be able to hold the owner of the nightclub or bar responsible for your injury, even if the injury was caused by the negligent acts or omission to act on the part of the establishment’s employees. That’s because under Pennsylvania law, employers are responsible for the actions of their employees in the course of employment.
The same can be said about bar fights. Even though you were assaulted by another patron, you may still be able to hold the bar or nightclub responsible for your resulting injuries, because the establishment failed to ensure proper security measures, there was inadequate lighting, or the bartender continued to serve alcohol to the person who assaulted you despite the fact that he or she was already overly intoxicated.
More often than not, you will need an experienced nightclub bar accident attorney in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania to prove negligence and maximize the value of your personal injury case. Contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to get a free consultation. Call our offices at 215-543-7220 today.