Compensation For Victims Of Assaults In Bars
If you were attacked in a bar, the criminal justice system exists to punish the attacker. However, the criminal justice system does little to help the victims of assault. In some cases, the civil justice may provide the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
At Isenberg & Hewitt, PC, in Atlanta, our lawyers have more than 25 years of experience representing crime victims in Georgia. While no one can guarantee the safety of a bar or restaurant, owners and managers of establishments have a duty to take reasonable steps to assure the safety of their customers and guests. If they fail in this duty, victims of assault and other crimes may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your bar assault case with an attorney at our firm, please call 770-901-2666 to schedule a free consultation.
If you were injured in a bar fight: In Georgia, you cannot recover compensation if you engaged in mutual combat with another person, even if you were defending yourself or another person.
When Are Bar Owners Responsible For Assault Injuries?
The owners and managers of bars may be liable for injuries suffered in bar assaults if they were negligent in assuring the safety of their patrons and guests. This area of law is known as premises liability. The following are examples of negligence:
- Serving an patron who is obviously intoxicated
- Failure to hire bouncers or security staff despite a history of fights in the bar
- Failure to install video cameras or other measures to deter assault
Attorney Melvin Hewitt was the former president of one of the largest private security companies in the world. He also spent six years in law enforcement before he began representing crime victims.
For More Information About Your Rights After A Bar Fight
Our firm understands Georgia laws affecting liability of bar and restaurant owners and managers, and we have a track record of success in recovering compensation for crime victims.