A nightclub employee, as well as the owner, could be held liable for any personal injuries sustained by their patrons, including injuries caused by a nightclub’s bouncer or security personnel. In some situations, security personnel may become aggressive, and while they may have a valid claim for assault, the injured party can still file a lawsuit for their injuries and damages in the state of Nevada.
Nightclub injuries are especially common in Las Vegas. Because most bar and nightclub employees do not have adequate finances to fully compensate an injured patron, the plaintiff may turn to suing the nightclub owner.
Assaults by Nightclub Bouncers and Security
Nightclub security personnel are not immune from assault claims. Any intentional acts of putting another person in imminent physical contact or causing bodily injury can constitute assault. For example, a nightclub bouncer that violently pushes a patron and causes injury could be charged with assault and also held civilly liable for their actions.
A Bouncer’s Defense
While nightclub bouncers do not have any more authority than the average citizen, they are allowed to legally defend themselves – especially if they are involved in an altercation with a patron. If the patron has started the fight and the bouncer responds by defending themselves and there is corroborating testimony, proving the assault may become difficult.
In general, a nightclub’s security crew cannot use unreasonable force against a person. Therefore, if they do, they can be held liable for the damages they have caused. Since the average bouncer is not financially capable of covering such damages, the plaintiff often must hold the employer or owner of the nightclub liable instead.
This would fall under an employment liability issue, but the employer can only be liable for claims of negligence. Therefore, it will come down to whether or not the bouncer was acting within the scope of their duty when they attacked the plaintiff (such as following orders from a superior) or if they were acting on their own (such as retaliating from an insult).
Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney
Because these types of claims are so complex, it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas that handles these types of claims. Having the right attorney present can be the difference between adequate compensation and a small settlement amount. Some items your attorney may be able to receive compensation for include:
- Medical costs – including hospitalizations and emergency room visits
- Future medical costs
- Disability (if applicable)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages or loss of future earning capacity
Contact De Castroverde Law Group Today
The Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group offer experienced and comprehensive representation for injured victims that are seeking compensation for their nightclub injuries. Contact De Castroverde Law Group online or call 702-222-9999 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.