Dance Club Injuries
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What Are Dance Club Injuries?
Dance clubs are business establishments that allow patrons to dance and socialize, usually at night time. These types of clubs are often restricted by age (such as no persons under 21 years old allowed). Sometimes the clubs allow persons above the age of 18, in which case under-aged drinking becomes a concern. Many dance clubs are subject to city ordinances regarding the hours of operation and closing times.
Inside dance clubs, many injuries occur because of the amount of people that are in the establishment, which often results in wet and slippery floors. Dance club injury lawsuits are usually based on premise liability. Premise liability describes a property owner’s responsibility for safety of the people on the property. When a dance club owner is negligent and does not take reasonable amount of care to keep the dance club safe, and a person is injured as a result, then the dance club owner may be held liable for injuries.
What Are Some Common Dance Club Injuries?
Dance clubs are associated with some very specific types of personal injuries. These include:
- Slip and fall cases (due to slippery dance floors)
- Alcohol-related injuries
- Dangerous structures causing injuries
- Injuries resulting from fights or assaults
- Injuries resulting from run-ins with bouncers or other security personnel
- Injuries resulting from overcrowding, overheating, and exhaustion
Thus, dance club owners can sometimes face various claims regarding injuries sustained at their business establishment.
Who Is Responsible for Dance Club Injuries?
When a patron enters a dance club, they have a reasonable expectation not to get injured. This means that the property owner has a responsibility for maintaining a safe environment. The theory of premise liability holds that property owners would be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur on that property.
State law also determines the liability of the dance club owner. Some states focus on the status of the visitor whether they are an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. A patron who goes into a dance club would be considered a visitor or guest and the property owner owes the highest standard of care to make sure the dance club is reasonably safe for all guests that enter the property. Some states also focus on the condition of the property when the guest has entered and the activity of both the owner and the visitor.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Trip and Fall Claim?
Trip and fall claims are one of the most common dance club injuries, because patrons often trip and fall on a slippery floor. Trip and fall claims are often based on negligence theories of law. In order to be held liable under negligence laws, the person being sued must have owed a duty of care to the victim. Dance club establishment owners have a duty to keep their store floors clean and free from trip hazards. This is limited to a "reasonable" amount of safety in relation to a reasonable dance club.
Are There Any Legal Remedies for Dance Club Injuries?
In most cases, dance club injury lawsuits will be based on a premises liability theory, especially for claims involving slip and fall injuries or dangerous structures. In such cases, the plaintiff may need to prove that the dance club establishment knew about a dangerous condition but failed to resolve the dangerous condition. Remedies may include a damages award to pay for costs associated with the injury, such as hospital bills or medical treatment.
For other types of cases, similar damages awards may be issued. Liability may also depend on the parties involved (for instance, another patron may be liable if the injuries resulted from an assault or battery).
Are Dance Club Employees Also Liable For Dance Club Injuries?
Nightclub employees and the nightclub itself may be both held liable for personal injuries sustained by a patron on the premises. If a security guard or bouncer becomes overly aggressive toward a patron, and the patron is injured as a result, there may be a valid claim for assault. In this case, the patron may sue the employee and also the nightclub for the injury.
In many instances, the employee would not have the money to pay the patron for the injuries suffered by the patron that is why the patron should sue the nightclub and employee if they want to receive adequate compensation for his or her injuries.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Dance Club Injuries?
Dance club injuries may often lead to some very specific types of lawsuits. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help with filing a claim or a lawsuit for your injuries. Your attorney can provide you with legal assistance and representation on the matters, and can determine whether you are entitled to any specific types of legal remedies.
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Last Modified: 01-21-2016 03:40 PM PST
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