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Crime Victims and their Families can Recover Civil Damages from Bars and Nightclubs

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Bars and nightclubs are often dangerous places. Establishments that serve alcohol, and are open late night, can attract an unsavory crowd, and it’s no secret that intoxicated patrons are prone to arguments and fights. Such disputes occasionally turn deadly. Many crime victims and their families may be unaware that a bar or nightclub where people are injured or killed can be sued for civil damages. There are two primary legal theories upon which these lawsuits can be based. First, the law requires business owners who open their premises to the public to keep patrons safe, even from the criminal acts of third parties. Second, many states, including Pennsylvania, hold bars and nightclubs liable for any harm that results from the over-serving of a visibly intoxicated patron. If, for example, a bar keeps giving a drunken guest alcohol, and the inebriated guest then murders another patron, the bar can be held liable. As was recently reported*, Andreozzi + Foote has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a former Harrisburg nightclub, the Dragonfly, for the murder of a young father outside the club. Another nightclub patron, wielding a large knife, stabbed the victim despite the fact Dragonfly security operated metal detectors at the entrance. The lawsuit also alleges the perpetrator was served by Dragonfly staff despite his intoxicated condition. Andreozzi + Foote represents crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits against bars and nightclubs, and has substantial experience with these types of claims. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a crime, do not hesitate to call our office. We do not charge for phone consultations, and will do everything we can to help. Read more on Penn Live!

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