Have you or a loved one ever been injured in a Texas bar or nightclub? If so, you should know that you have the right to seek compensation for damages due to unsafe conditions, such as a premises liability claim for bar or nightclub injuries.
What kinds of bar and nightclub injuries qualify?
Here are a few examples:
- Slips and falls from leaky pipes or unmopped spills
- Collateral or direct damage from bar fights and bar brawls
- Unsafe furniture
- Electrical shock from shoddy wiring
- Injuries due to bars operating over the maximum capacity
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but you get the idea…
In Texas, a property owner is responsible for providing a reasonably safe environment for visitors. This duty can extend to employees, management companies, and even to contractors hired to work on the property. But even with laws in place to protect the public, you don’t just get to take money out of the bar register if you slip and fall. There is a claims process that you have to navigate first. Your compensation amount and whether or not you even win a settlement depends on both your actions and how liability is assigned in your case.
This isn’t something you want to do by yourself. Cases like these get complicated and drawn out for several reasons. It’s worth contacting premises liability attorneys with the experience required to successfully navigate the difficult casework that stands between you and a settlement that covers your medical bills and also pain and suffering.
What should you do when you suffer an injury at a bar or nightclub and their insurance company blames you?
First, contact a lawyer that can prove otherwise. To win your case, you have to prove that the cause of the injury must have been foreseeable by the property owner. If the danger was known and the owner did nothing about it, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Again, property owners are required take reasonable precautions to protect visitors from harm. However, visitors are also responsible for protecting themselves from injury.
Insurance companies will usually try to shift liability to visitors of the property to pay a smaller settlement. You might be found at least partially liable for your injuries if insurance adjusters can prove:
- You were intoxicated before entering the bar
- Your injury occurred while distracted (Ex. missing a step on a staircase because you were texting)
- Your injuries were caused by people you know playfully pushing, shoving, or tripping
- Your behavior is inherently risky (Ex. jumping down a staircase with a running start)
- Your injuries happened after sneaking into a restricted area
Bar owners aren’t automatically responsible for injuries that occur on their premises. Liability depends on the details of the case, witness statements, video evidence, and much more. Insurance adjusters will work hard to prove you were at least partially liable for your injuries.
If you’re ever injured in a Texas bar or nightclub, don’t just accept an adjuster’s assessment… You should consult an experienced Texas bar fight attorney for a no-risk case evaluation before you agree to a settlement. A skilled personal injury attorney can maximize injury compensation for you or your injured loved one.
There is no obligation, and it costs nothing to find out what a good attorney can do for you and your injury claim. You deserve to have the expert help required to get the compensation you deserve. Contact Malley Law Firm to get started.