Premises Liability: Injury At The Bar

You have a few drinks when all of a sudden, you slip and fall while walking to the restroom. When you awake, you realize that you have suffered serious injuries. You may have a valid personal injury case if the owner of the bar was negligent in his duties. This article will discuss premises liability and help you figure out whether or not you may have a case.

Responsibility Of The Owner

The owner of the bar is legally obligated to ensure the safety of anyone who enters the bar. They are not to take any actions that could expose anyone to injury.

The reasoning behind this is that the bar owner has full control over the safety of his establishment. The customers that come into the establishment are not responsible for knowing whether or not the building is safe.

If the employees did not bother to keep the floors clear of anything that could cause a customer to slip and fall, then he could be held responsible for the injury. The owner must take a reasonable amount of action to keep his guests safe.

Responsibility Of The Injured Party

The safety of each customer is not only the owner's responsibility. The customers still need to make sure they are conducting themselves in a manner that does not expose them to danger.

If one of the patrons of the bar does something that causes their own injury, then they will not be able to hold the owner responsible. Customers should refrain from reckless activities that endanger themselves and the other patrons.

Here's an example. If one of the patrons had too much to drink, then decided to dance on a table, the injury he receives when he falls off would be his own responsibility. In this instance, the customer will not be able to sue the bar successfully.

Status Of The Visitor

In some states, the status of the visitor is taken into consideration. According to the law, there are three types of visitors.

  • Invitee – An invitee is someone the owner invites to enter the establishment. This could include customers, repairmen, or friends.
  • Licensee – A licensee is someone who isn't invited onto the property, but is allowed to enter. This could be someone like a salesperson, or business associate.
  • Trespasser – Trespassers are people who come into the building without the permission of the owner. This can include looters, burglars, or thieves.

Typically, the owner of the property is obligated to provide a reasonable amount of care to invitees and licensees. However, a trespasser is entitled to much less care than the other types because of the fact that they were committing an illegal act.

If you have been injured in a bar because of the negligence of the owner, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Consult with an experienced attorney, such as someone from Hube & Tucker, who can give you the advice you need.


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