Visitors to establishments that serve alcohol will likely always be at risk of suffering the wrath of an intoxicated patron. For this reason, and to prevent expensive premises liability lawsuits, some owners of such facilities provide their staff with the necessary training to avoid over-serving of alcoholic beverages to patrons. A New York man recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that the staff of a nightclub failed to control the volume of alcohol served to one patron.
According to court documents, the plaintiff was attacked by another patron of a nightclub that he visited in April 2016. He contends that the staff of the establishment served alcohol to a woman who arrived during the afternoon. However, the plaintiff alleges that they continued to supply alcohol to the woman even after it became evident that she was intoxicated.
He further alleges that this patron assaulted him while he waited to gain access to the restroom. He claims she struck the side of his face with a glass without any provocation or justification. The plaintiff accuses the establishment and its owners of a failure to train and supervise personnel to cease serving alcohol to patrons who are visibly intoxicated. Furthermore, the defendants failed to ensure the safety of patrons by securing the services of adequate security personnel.
The plaintiff seeks recovery of damages for the emotional distress he suffered as the result of the assault. Anyone in New York who suffers damages while visiting a nightclub or another establishment can pursue financial relief. A consultation with an experienced premises liability attorney can help to determine the viability of such a claim. If grounds for a lawsuit exist, the lawyer can provide the necessary guidance and support throughout ensuing legal proceedings.
Source: pennrecord.com, “N.Y. man alleges nightclub patron struck him in the head with glass and injured him“, Nicholas Malfitano, March 2, 2018