If you like to go out and have a good time with your friends, maybe have a few drinks and dance, there is a good chance you will visit a nightclub or bar at some point. Even though this is a perfectly safe and enjoyable way to have a good time most of the time, there are always those places that do not hold the best standards. Fights and scuffles are common in some locations, especially when heavy drinking may be involved.
If you are injured while being a patron at one of these locations, you may just head home and deal with your own injuries and any bills you have as a result. However, you should know that even an injury you receive in a bar or nightclub could be cause for a personal injury claim. Here are a few of the most common myths concerning injuries in bars and nightclubs.
Myth: You cannot sue for your injuries if you are not sure who was responsible for your injury.
Fact: In a bar or nightlife setting where there may be hundreds of people around, it is true that you may not always know exactly how you were injured. For example, if a fight breaks out, you may be hit in the face with a thrown object, but not be sure who launched the item at you. Regardless of how you were injured, you should report the incident to management at the establishment. The business should have liability insurance that covers injuries on the premises, and if their insurance will not pay for medical bills and lost wages, you could have a personal injury claim on your hands.
Myth: If you were drinking while you were injured, it is not likely that you will be able to place the liability on someone else.
Fact: It is expected that in a bar or nightclub the patrons will likely be under the influence of alcohol, but this does not mean that you will be held responsible if you are injured. The establishment still holds the responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe.
Myth: If one individual was responsible for your injuries, the only choice you have is to go after them with an assault claim.
Fact: If you are assaulted by an individual at a public business, you may have to file an assault claim and you may also have a personal injury claim against the attacking party. However, a personal injury attorney will also direct you to file a claim against the establishment because of premise liability laws.
When you know all of the facts about personal injuries that happen in entertainment establishments, you will be more apt to get payment for the injuries that you receive. Talk to a personal injury attorney immediately after the accident to make sure you get what you deserve.
For more information, contact Vaughan & Vaughan or a similar firm.