Bouncer & Security Guard Claims in New Jersey

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

2 Apr. 2018

New Jersey may not be Manhattan or have Times Square, but it can be just as much fun. From Newark to Jersey City to Patterson, to Toms River, Clifton, Trenton, Camden and Atlantic City, there is loads to do and no shortage of places to enjoy the nightlife with friends old and new.

Some of the hottest bars in New Jersey include Bello’s Pub and Grill, Krug’s Tavern, Hell’s Kitchen, Sagres Bar and Grill, Blitz Sportsbar, McGovern’s Tavern, Adega Lounge, Fever Bar & Lounge, and the Rio Lounge. Even smaller town bars like Section 201, Barrel & Brew Bar & Liquor and Miller’s Ale House are popular among the locals.

Then there’s the nightclubs in Atlantic City, such as Haven Nightclub, Premier Nightclub, Providence AC, Anthem Lounge, Boogie Nights – they rival nightclubs across the Hudson River and in Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Clearly New Jersey knows how to have fun.

Since our establishments serve alcohol, which can lead to bar fights and drunken brawls among the patrons, bars and nightclubs employ bouncers and security guards to help keep everyone on the premises safe. But the issue is, it’s not uncommon for bouncers and security guards to take things too far and injure the very patrons they’re paid to protect.

When Bouncers & Security Guards Go Too Far

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the bar and nightclub scene, you’ve probably noticed the “vibe” bouncers and security guards give off. Often, they’re big, muscular guys who are starring down the patrons making them feel unsafe. Rub them the wrong way and sometimes they can let their aggression get the best of them.

Sometimes, a security guard or bouncer is overaggressive with a patron and they actually beat the patron up, cause the patron to break a bone, fall down stairs, or get their teeth knocked out. If the patron did not “provoke” the bouncer or security guard and the violence was inappropriate given the circumstances, the injured patron may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the bar or nightclub.

Such claims are called “premises liability” claims and typically, they’re filed against the bar or nightclub owner’s property insurance policy, but sometimes they can be filed against the bouncer or security guard depending upon his personal assets.

If you were unduly injured by a violent bouncer or security guard, we urge you to contact our firm to explore your legal options under New Jersey’s personal injury laws. You may be entitled to valuable compensation, so give us a call today.

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