Property owners are legally obligated to ensure the safety of patrons to their establishments. If they fail to uphold that duty, they could be financially liable for damages resulting from harm that occurred on the premises.
Such was the case at a bar in Clearwater, Florida. Management had banned a patron from returning to the establishment after he had been involved in a drunken fight. However, they did not issue a criminal trespass warning, which would have made it an offense for him to enter the property after being told he could no longer do so, and police could have arrested him.
A few weeks after the initial incident, the man returned to the bar, but left. Although the man was banned, the bartender did not call the police.
A little while later, the man returned, but this time with two accomplices. The three men severely beat our client, who had been sitting at the bar with his girlfriend. They struck him in the head with a pool cue and hit him numerous times with a barstool. Our client’s girlfriend rushed him to the hospital. He had sustained a depressed skull fracture and traumatic brain injury that required surgery.
The bar tried to cover up the incident by throwing the pool cue in the dumpster. Later that morning, our client’s girlfriend called the police. They searched the bar and found blood splatter on the walls and the broken pool cue in the trash.
Our attorneys at Harmon Parker, P.A. were hired to help the man take legal action against the bar for failing to uphold its duties. After hearing our client’s situation, we began a thorough investigation of the case, examining the evidence and hiring a nationally known inadequate security expert. Our team fought hard during negotiations with the bar’s insurance company, and settled the case for the $1 million policy limits without pursuing a lawsuit in court.
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Being injured because of someone else’s negligence or reckless actions could result in high, unexpected expenses and losses, such as medical bills and lost wages. When you’re involved in an accident that’s no fault of your own, you might have the legal right to hold the responsible party liable for damages you suffered.
At Harmon Parker, P.A., we are committed to helping victims recover just compensation, and if you were harmed we will provide the compassionate and dedicated legal representation you need to pursue a premises liability claim.
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