To some people, bingo may seem like an old-fashioned pastime, but it’s actually a popular form of recreation all over the world. Some people enjoy bingo at community centers and churches, while others attend bars and game rooms, or businesses that are solely dedicated to bingo games all day long.
Though bingo can be played at just about any age, it’s particularly enjoyed by the elderly. Senior citizens enjoy the opportunity to socialize with others and stimulate their minds, while winning money or exciting prizes. Knowing that the elderly make up a large part of their client base, bingo hall owners must take additional precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. Having the right security measures in place is crucial to keeping customers safe, but some owners care more about their profits than ensuring the safety of their premises.
Were you physically or sexually assaulted while you were at a bingo hall? Did your spouse or family member suffer injuries and pass away from being assaulted at a bingo hall? You may be eligible for an assault and battery claim or wrongful death lawsuit against the business owner. For a free case evaluation with a California assault and battery injury attorney, contact DTLA Law Group.
Assault and Battery Incidents at a Bingo Hall
Though assault and battery seems like one charge, they are actually two separate acts that often go together. Technically, assault is the act of threatening someone and causing fear of imminent harm. This can be done through verbal threats or gestures, but it does not involve the actual use of physical force. Battery, on the other hand, is the use of violence on another person, which results in offensive contact or bodily harm.
In spite of the differences, there’s no denying that most acts of battery are preceded by assault, which is why the term “assault and battery” is commonly used. Possible acts of assault and battery on the elderly at a bingo hall include:
Injuries to the Elderly from a Bingo Hall Assault and Battery Incident
- Acts of physical assault by security guards and other employees
- Physical or sexual assault by another guest / visitor at a bingo hall
- Assault and battery by a thief or vagrant on the premises
- Assaulted during a robbery on the premises
- Attacked in the parking lot, behind overgrown hedges, and outdoor areas with poor lighting
Being threatened and/or physically attacked is a horrifying prospect for anyone, but the elderly are especially vulnerable in these situations. Victims of assault and battery can end up with one of more of the following injuries.
- Scratches, cuts, and puncture wounds, along with infections from germs entering the injury site
- Facial injuries, such as broke nose, dislocated jaw, and skull fracture
- Fracturing of the hip or pelvis
- Brain injuries – concussion, hemorrhaging, permanent brain damage
- Knee, elbow, or shoulder dislocation (or fractures)
- Rupturing of internal organs, like the spleen, kidneys or liver
- Injury to the neck or spinal cord, resulting in loss of function / paralysis
- Death from complications related to injuries, such as hip fracture or head trauma
Please do not put off seeking medical attention if you’ve been assaulted at a bingo hall. Many people assume that they’re okay if there’s no excessive bleeding or pain, but injuries like brain damage take considerable time to develop. By the time your condition is obvious, it may be too late to reverse the harm that’s already been done.
You should also contact a bingo hall elderly assault attorney right away, who can help you file an injury claim against the assailant, the bingo hall, and other parties that played a role in the incident.
Can I Sue if I was Assaulted at a Bingo Hall?
Those who are injured by another party’s negligent conduct have the option to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation. When it comes to assault and battery, the obvious party to go after is the person that attacked you, whether it’s another customer, an employee, or a trespasser on the property. However, there are cases where the owner of the bingo hall may be responsible.
This is based on a legal concept known as premises liability, which applies to owners of both residential and commercial properties. In essence, owners are legally obligated to maintain their premises and ensure that it’s reasonably safe for others. If you are the owner of a business, your obligation includes security measures, like placing cameras in and around the premises and making sure that areas like the parking lot are brightly lit. Locks should also be checked on a regular basis, especially in the bathrooms. Though most people don’t realize it, elderly assault – especially sexual assault – can happen very easily inside public bathrooms with broken locks.
We’ve been talking about the owners of properties so far, but many business owners are not actually on the property for any length of time. Instead, they leave day to day operations to managers and various staff members, who are in charge of cleaning, repairs, and maintenance. Sometimes, owners will attempt to avoid responsibility for an assault by saying it was an employee’s fault.
This may be true, but owners can still be sued for the actions of their workers under the principle of vicarious liability. You would have to prove that the employee was acting within the scope of employment, meaning they were on duty and performing a job-related task when they assaulted you. A common example is security guard abuse, where a security personnel injures someone by using excessive force when the situation could have been resolved through less violent means.
How the concept of liability applies to your situation remains to be seen, which is why we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a free consultation.
Deadline to File an Assault and Battery Lawsuit
The strength of your evidence is crucial to a personal injury case, but none of that matters if you are past the deadline to file a lawsuit. That’s why you must be aware of the statute of limitations for an assault and battery claim in California. This time period is 2 years from the date of the incident if you are the victim of a bingo hall assault and battery. On the other hand, you may be the relative or spouse of an elderly assault and battery victim. If so, you have 2 years from the date of your loved one’s passing to sue the bingo hall for monetary damages.
To ensure that you can receive compensation from the bingo hall and anyone else that’s liable for your injuries, contact us as soon as possible.
Average Case Value of an Assault and Battery Lawsuit
In truth, there is no such thing as an “average” value for cases of assault and battery. Each victim ends up with their own set of injuries, which will impact their life in different ways. Family members of deceased victims also have a right to damages, which they can receive through a wrongful death compensation claim.
Assault incidents, however, tend to result in high settlements due to the physical and emotional effects that often stay with a victim for the rest of their lives. Payments of $100,000 to $3,000,000 and above are not unusual in these cases, particularly with sexual assault claims or injuries caused by excessive force, like chokeholds or the use of a firearm.
Estimated Timeframe to Settle an Assault and Battery Lawsuit
Clearly, reaching a settlement is the ultimate goal for anyone that’s suffering due to someone else’s negligence. That’s why the legal process can be quite frustrating for injury victims, as it can take quite some time to reach a settlement that’s agreeable to both sides. We strive to bring closure to all our clients within 6 months, but assault and battery cases are among the most complicated lawsuits in the field of personal injury law. Many of these cases take 1 or more years to settle, and that’s through private negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company. If we need third party intervention from the courts or a certified mediator, recovering your payment can take up to several years.
Speak to a California Assault and Battery Attorney
Bingo is a great form of recreation for people of any age, and the customers at a bingo hall expect that they will be safe from incidents like physical assault and robbery. Unfortunately, the elderly are taken advantage of at places that lack adequate security measures. If you or your loved one was assaulted at a bingo hall, it’s essential to obtain representation from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
The lawyers of DTLA Law Group are here for you day and night, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We can meet with you for a one-on-one consultation, completely free of charge. Our attorneys can also evaluate your claim during a free second opinion if you are unhappy with your current law firm or need clarification on your rights and legal options. Ultimately, our goal is to represent your interests and fight for maximum payment if negligence or misconduct at a bingo hall caused you to be injured.
There is no cost to you as the client if you decide to hire us. All legal fees are included in your settlement award from the defendant, so we don’t make a penny until the end of your case. Plus, you are protected under the Zero Fee Guarantee, which means you are responsible for $0 in legal fees if we don’t win your case.
Please take a moment to contact our law firm and speak to a lawyer with experience in assault and battery lawsuits.