Bicknell v. Pump Room Bar – Personal Injury: Premises Liability- Assault & Battery at a Bar: Negligent Security
Premises liability is typically associated with a lot of controversy in that individuals perceive liability cases as ‘illegitimate’ and ‘immoral’. This is antithecal to the core of premises liability.
The basic assumption that a person is safe within the confides of a hospitality-based business should not be rendered ‘ideal’. This is because the owners of said businesses have a duty of care towards their customers—this means protecting their customers from what they perceive as an apprehension of imminent danger. Stressing the importance of this particular act is crucial for hospitality-business managerial staff as it is usually a lack of care that leads to individuals getting hurt… and eventually looking to seek relief as a result of getting hurt.
In this instance, our client headed to a billiards lounge to enjoy a typical evening of entertainment, billiards, and beers. Instead of being able to ‘kick-back’, they found themselves being threatened with physical violence, and eventually got hit by individuals at the lounge—all while the lounge’s employees were watching…without taking any action to prevent our client’s injuries.