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Can You Sue a Bar for a Fight if Injured?

January 17, 2023

Can You Sue a Bar for a Fight if Injured?

It’s been a stressful week at work and home. It’s Friday, and you just go paid. All you want to do is have a few beers with your friends before you head home after work for the weekend. However, another group walks into the same bar with different ideas. They get rowdy, and an altercation ensues. The next thing you know, you have injuries from their fight, even though you weren’t involved.

Can you sue the bar? You can sue anyone, but that doesn’t mean you will be successful.

Unfortunately, there are no cut-and-dry answers. In these circumstances, the best course of action for you is to reach out to a seasoned Nashville personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The attorney can review your injuries and the situation to help determine what your next steps should be.

Liability for Your Injuries

The person or party liable for your injuries is responsible for compensating you for your damages. If the fight wasn’t your fault, the person who started the fight or injured you is usually the person most liable for your injuries. This makes the most sense because they are the ones who caused your injuries and are, therefore, liable for your medical bills. However, this is often a problem because the people who start these fights and cause injuries often don’t have insurance or assets to cover the damages they cause.

Instead of going after someone who won’t be able to compensate you fairly for your injuries, it might make more sense to sue the bar, restaurant, or another establishment on other grounds for your injuries. They typically have insurance policies that should cover these types of injuries. But, to win compensation for your injuries, you or your Nashville personal injury attorney on your behalf will need to prove that the establishment was negligent in causing your injuries.

Proving the Bar’s Negligence

Proving the bar’s negligence can be difficult. It’s often best done by examining their security and alcohol policies and procedures. For example, perhaps a bartender broke the establishment’s policy by overserving the person who injured you. Or maybe it was a hectic night, and two of their security guards called in sick, and they didn’t have anyone with a proper license to replace them. Your Nashville personal injury attorney could argue that your injuries wouldn’t have occurred if more security personnel had been present.

Were You Injured in a Bar Fight? Contact an Experienced Nashville Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you were injured due to a bar fight, seek medical care, and report the injury as soon as possible to the bar manager or owner. If possible, get the names and contact information of any witnesses. Then, make an appointment to speak with an experienced Nashville personal injury lawyer at Raybin & Weissman, Attorneys at Law. The longer you wait, the more valuable evidence supporting your personal injury claim could be lost or destroyed. You can call us for a free case review at 615-256-6666 or contact us online.