Many people have been involved in barroom brawls that cause serious injury. The party suffering injury often does not cause the physical altercation or might even be an innocent bystander. The owner of the bar and the property can be liable to a person injured because of unsafe conditions on the premises. Owners of a bar or the commercial property where a bar is located have a legal duty to take reasonable care to prevent patrons from being hurt in a fight or to warn of the potential for brawl-related injuries. In this blog, our Miami personal injury attorneys discuss negligent security claims in the context of a court decision involving a woman injured in a fall during a bar fight.
In the Florida appellate case of Faber v. Pasco, the plaintiff sued Joseph Karl, the bar owner, and Karl of Pasco, the owner of the commercial property. The plaintiff filed a premises liability lawsuit alleging that the negligence of the defendants caused her injury when she was at The Karl Reef. The complaint alleged that the manager of the bar and the plaintiff were standing near each other when a fight erupted. The complaint also indicated that the plaintiff was the victim of an intentional attack that caused her to fall after another customer hit her. Continue reading →