If you live in the Columbia Area, you know we have numerous popular watering
holes. From the Ale House Lounge, to the Art Bar, to Bar None, Blue Tapas
Bar & Cocktail Lounge, Breakers Bar & Grill, Calloways Sports
Bar & Grill, CJ’s, Hemingway’s Music & Sports Pub
and many more – there’s something for everyone.
Since these types of venues serve alcohol, they regularly have to deal
with inebriated customers, bar fights, and other rowdy guests. Sometimes
though, things can get out of control and injuries caused by bouncers
at bars and nightclubs can lead to
personal injury claims.
Bouncers and security guards are necessary at establishments where alcohol
is served, but they tread a very fine line. They’re responsible
for protecting guests, breaking up fights, and removing unruly guests,
but they’re supposed to do this without injuring these people. If
you have been injured by a bouncer or security guard at a bar or nightclub,
read on to learn more about your legal rights in such cases.
Injuries Caused by Negligence
Security guards and bouncers have a tough job to do; they need to handle
heated situations without injuring patrons. This means that if a security
guard or bouncer injures a patron because they were careless in handling
them, they can face a personal injury claim if it can be proven that their
conduct was negligent.
For example, let’s say two patrons were yelling at each other. So,
the bouncers took the two drunk men and threw them outside of the bar.
One of the bar patrons falls on face forward on the sidewalk in front
of the establishment, and knocks out two of his front teeth. Because the
bouncer was reckless in forcefully throwing the man onto the street, he
can be held liable for being negligent.
Bouncers Who Commit Assault & Battery
Bouncers and security guards who work at bars and nightclubs are prone
to committing assault and battery, which are “intentional torts.”
An intentional tort refers to a civil wrong that a person commits on purpose.
While physical force may be in the job description of a bouncer or security
guard, they walk a fine line.
Essentially, if a bouncer or security guard uses more physical force than
is reasonably necessary to restrain or remove an unruly patron from an
establishment, then the bouncer or security guard can be liable for assault
and battery. In some cases, the employer can be liable for harm caused
by the bouncers and security guards they employ.
If you were injured by an overly-aggressive bouncer or security guard,
contact our firm to arrange a free consultation with a Columbia personal injury lawyer!