On Premises Liability Lawsuits Pertaining to Bars and Lounges By Steve Charpentier on September 02, 2016

A gavel and a law bookHere at Charpentier Law Firm, we take great pride in looking after the legal rights of accident victims in the Melbourne area. Our focus is always on the injured and their legal right, with a special focus on how we can prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Premises liability lawsuits tend to offer us a unique ability to improve safety standards throughout the region. With that in mind, we want to consider premises liability lawsuits linked to some of the last places you'd expect to suffer an accidental injury: bars, nightclubs, and cocktail lounges.

A Night Out Should Be Safe and Enjoyable

When going out on a weekend night, we expect to have a good time with friends and others. Yet sometimes accidents can occur at the most unexpected times and in the least expected places. You may not think of it much, but sometimes serious injuries and accidents occur at bars and clubs due to issues with the property itself. In these cases, premises liability lawsuits are necessary to keep property owners in check.

Foodborne Illness Should Not Occur

Foodborne illnesses are a major concern, and they can affect establishments that serve food and drinks or just drinks. Certain safety standards are in place to help prevent foodborne illnesses from menu items as well as from ice, water, bottles, nozzles, and so forth.

The Property Should Be Safe and Up to Code

There are a number of potential hazards at a property that can prove the cause of serious harm. This includes wet floors that pose a slipping hazard, exposed wires that can lead to electric shocks, ruts in carpets that can post a tripping hazard, and even loose light fixtures that can fall on people's heads. Property owners need to keep their establishment safe and up to code.

IDs Should Be Checked

Underage drinking can lead to reckless choices and a greater risk of serious injury and harm. Because of this, it's of the utmost importance that IDs be checked before drinks are served. At certain establishments that have strict laws about people being 21 or older, it's a better idea still to check IDs before anyone enters said establishment.

Bouncers and Security Should Be Present

On the note of ID checks, some bars and clubs should have bouncers or some sort of security present at the establishment in order to avoid altercations and other kinds of serious problems. Even having just one person present and dedicated to security can prevent a number of potentially harmful situations.

Bartenders Should Refuse Service When Necessary

Sometimes a person at a bar, nightclub, or lounge has simply had too much to drink. In such cases, it's important that the bartender exercise his or her good judgment. Cutting off service to a heavily intoxicated customer can prevent serious altercations and accidents from occurring.

In some cases, a bartender may want to consider calling a cab to ensure this person gets home safe. Similarly, asking that person and his or her entire party to leave can help the intoxicated individual return home with others present as a precaution.

Learn More About Your Rights in Injury Cases

For more information about your legal rights and options following a serious injury or accident at a bar, nightclub, or lounge, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm will help you in your time of legal need.

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