Some Georgians are unfortunately assaulted when they visit bars. In some of the cases, the injured victims may be able to hold both their attackers and the bars to be civilly liable to pay monetary damages to them. If you were attacked while you were visiting a bar, there are several things that must apply in order for you to hold the bar liable for your losses.
Bar managers and owners owe a duty of care to keep their patrons reasonably safe. If they breach that duty, they may be liable. In some cases, bar owners may be liable if they overserve an intoxicated person who then assaults another guest. They may also be liable if there is a history of fights and assaults in their bars, and they fail to hire security personnel. Bar owners might be liable to pay damages if they haven't taken deterrent measures such as installing video cameras.
If you have been injured in an assault in a bar, you may not be able to recover if you engaged in mutual combat even if you were fighting back to defend yourself. If you did not engage in combat, you may be able to recover damages for your losses.
Our attorneys represent people who were attacked while visiting bars through no fault of their own. We work to gather the evidence that is needed to show that the bar owners and managers breached their duties of care, resulting in our clients' injuries and losses. We are able to negotiate settlements for our clients in many cases, but we are unafraid to fight for them through trial if settlements can't be negotiated. If you have been injured in a bar attack, you may want to read our bar assault victim page.