A neighborhood bar is often a sacred place for many people, representing a place to unwind after a long day and catch up with friends and neighbors. If you are lucky enough to have a bar walking distance from your house, you will likely be on first names basis with much of the staff, as well as fellow patrons. Others may simply have a favorite bar they enjoy frequenting or may enjoy experimenting with new bars each week. Whatever your situation, each time a bar accident occurs, the results can be devastating and may lead to extensive injuries.
If you or someone you love has injuries from an incident at a bar in Omaha, please contact the Omaha bar injury lawyers at Knowles Law Firm for a free consultation. The bar or another party may owe you compensation for your damages.
Why Choose Knowles Law Firm?
- Our Omaha personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights after an incident or injury at a bar, including the right to file a lawsuit.
- We know how to fight for full compensation for your hospital bills, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering and more.
- We have handled many cases involving bar and nightclub injuries in Omaha and can use our experience to your advantage.
What are Bars in Nebraska Liable for?
Many bar injuries may rise to the level of a crime, given the circumstances of the accident. If an intoxicated bar patron assaults you at a bar, there may be multiple levels of liability to the resulting injuries. The patron may be tried in a criminal court, but can also be held liable for the cost of the injuries in civil court. The bartenders or the bar itself may also be held liable for overserving the patron or neglecting to intervene during a dispute. Similar incidents may occur stemming from the joint actions of both the bar staff and bar patrons, such as assault from the bar staff or negligent security. Bar injuries may additionally extend to locations outside the bar, such as injuries caused by a drunk driver. The bar may be held jointly liable for these injuries as a result of over-serving the drunk driver.
Other bar injuries that meet the definition of true “personal injury” claims can also result from the negligence of bar owners and staff. Bars are typically not the cleanest of locations and may contain several different spills or other hazardous conditions. These hazards may lead to slip and fall accidents or other forms of accidents.
Bar accidents can lead to a host of injuries, including:
The bar owner should remain liable for any accidents which occur on their premises unless the injury is jointly caused by the actions of another. An bar injury attorney in Nebraska will be able to assist you in providing the calculation of damages for the injuries, as well as determining the liability for your injuries.
The insurance company of the bar will often attempt to contact you shortly after you receive your injuries. It is important that you refrain from speaking with the insurance company and do not accept the corresponding settlement offer.
Laws Your Bar Injury Case Might Involve
Your bar injury case could involve many different legal doctrines in Nebraska depending on the nature of the incident. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs owe certain duties of care to their patrons to keep them reasonably free from harm. Breaching any of these duties, resulting in injury, could be negligence. The Omaha bar injury attorneys at Knowles Law Firm can review your case and help you work through its related laws.
- Premises liability. You might have a premises liability claim against the establishment if a property defect, such as slippery floors or inadequate security, caused your injuries. The owner of the property may be legally responsible for these accidents.
- Dram shop liability. Nebraska’s dram shop law states that someone injured by an intoxicated person may file a claim against the third party that sold the person an alcoholic beverage. You might have a dram shop claim against the bar, for example, if a drunk person assaulted you or crashed into you.
- Criminal liability. If the bar broke a state or municipal law, such as serving alcohol past a certain hour or serving underage customers, it could be grounds for a claim against the establishment if this contributed to your injuries.
Your injury case may need a full investigation from an attorney to help you understand its cause, liable parties, and the laws it might involve. Our lawyers have enough experience in this practice area to know precisely how to handle these injury cases. We have the power to take a bar in Omaha to court if that is necessary to obtain top results.
A bar injury lawsuit could be important for your family to file if you suffered serious injuries that will cost you money in medical bills or temporarily put you out of work. A lawsuit can hold one or more parties, including the establishment itself, responsible for what happened to you. It can show the bar that negligent business practices are not acceptable and motivate change on an institutional level. A successful suit could also help your family move forward with fair financial compensation.
- Past and future health care costs
- The price of missed wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional damage
- Property damage
- Legal fees and expenses
- Punitive damages
The settlement or jury verdict you could win in a bar injury claim can pay your medical debts and give you financial security for the future. It could also force the bar to change its practices or policies, potentially preventing similar incidents from injuring other patrons. The lawyers at Knowles Law Firm can help you with your personal injury or premises liability claim from start to finish. Let us assess the potential value of your case today during a free consultation.
Do Not Miss the Time Limit
All personal injury claims in Nebraska come with time limits to file. Contact an attorney soon after your bar incident to ensure you do not miss an important deadline. Although exceptions to the rule exist, you will generally have four years from the date you suffered your injuries to file a personal injury claim. For assault and battery, however, you will only have one year from the date of the altercation. Wrongful death claims give the plaintiff two years from the date of the family member’s death to file. Speak to one of our attorneys for information about your exact deadline.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have received a bar injury, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling personal injury cases of any type, including those sustained at a bar. Bar owners should be held to the same standard as any other property owner, meaning that they should be held liable for their failure to protect guests on their property. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.