Night Club Assault Liability
In the past 20 years the DC and Maryland region has become an extremely popular destination for night life and club activities. Not long ago the local entertainment scene was centered around Georgetown and local go-go clubs around the city. These days the DC area nightlife has matured and diversified into neighborhoods as spread out as Adams Morgan, H-Street, Capitol Hill, U-Street and Largo. Unfortunately, along with the increased variety of night life has come an increase in the incidents of violence. If you have experienced a night club assault at a DC or Maryland night club you may have a claim against the club based upon the club’s failure to hire enough security, to properly train the security or to hire the right security.
A claim for negligent security involves proving that the club had a legal duty to protect you from your injuries; the club could have foresees the danger which caused your injuries; the club failed its duty to protect the you; and lastly, that you suffered injury as a result of the club’s failures.
The damages in a negligent security claim based on an assault may be compensatory or punitive. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for the losses you suffered as a result of the club’s conduct. They may include your medical expenses and lost income, damages for pain and suffering, and loss of your future earning capacity. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an assault at a DC or Maryland club, it is important that you speak with an attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Contact Watson& Moran LLC by email or call us at (240) 764-5302 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights and options.