Seven individuals were hurt after an incident and ensuing firefight outside of a nightclub
in Riverside late Sunday night.
The shooting occurred just after midnight at the Sevilla Nightclub on Mission Inn Ave
. Reports state that an altercation inside the club resulted in a fight among a number of people, at which point two individuals took out their weapons and began to fire at one another. The shooting carried out into the street outside of the nightclub.
When police arrived, two victims were at the scene who had been shot; others checked into hospitals throughout the night. Fortunately, none of the victims suffered fatal injuries.
There has been no identifying information released by police, such as the name of the shooters or those who were harmed. The nightclub had surveillance video that was turned over to the police, which is still being investigated.
A nightclub has a responsibility
to protecting its patrons from any harm, whether that harm is present in the form of other customers, bouncers, hazards in the club, and more. A fight may be outside of the liability of the nightclub
unless the club staff contributed to the fight in some way. For example, if a patron is visibly drunk and aggressive, it is the responsibility of the nightclub and the bouncers to escort him from the premises. However, if he is continually served alcohol in this state and is not prevented from acting aggressively, the club could be held liable for anything he does that results in harm to others, even if the harm occurs outside of the nightclub.
In addition to the continued service of alcohol, a nightclub may not be adequately prepared to deal with violence or assaults
. There may not be enough bouncers or security hired by the company, which means that there would be more pandemonium and less control in the event of rowdiness. In the Sevilla Nightclub, the altercation lasted for some time, which may point to a lack of ample security.
Assault and Battery in a Nightclub
Assault can be defined as some form of intimidation, verbal or physical, that would lead a person to believe he is about to be harmed. Assault does not need to be physical; once there is violent contact, though, the ensuing tort is battery. Intentional harm can be the grounds of a lawsuit against the party who hurt you, but it could also be grounds for a lawsuit against a third-party, such as the nightclub, for allowing it to happen or not taking enough measures to prevent it.
An assault and battery
case can only be filed if there was physical harm. It is also important to understand that it is a personal injury lawsuit, and thus, the only potential for compensation is monetary rewards. The police may also bring up the individual on criminal charges that would supplement the civil accusations. Criminal cases, though, result in jail time, fines, and more. Essentially, the burden of proof in a civil case is lower than in a criminal case
because of the disparity in punishment.
If you feel that you were assaulted in a nightclub
and you wish to take legal action, call our firm for more help.
Earnings from an Assault and Battery Lawsuit
If you were assaulted by another individual in a nightclub, you can sue for damages resulting from the incident. Our team of attorneys will do all we can to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law. You should not be expected to pay for these debts if you were hurt because of someone else’s actions. We will strive to bring you:
- Medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and future treatments)
- Lost wages from missed days of work, as well as future missed income if you need additional time to recover or go through medical procedures
- Property damage if any belongings were lost or broken in the incident
- Pain and suffering (PTSD, emotional trauma, psychological scarring, fear, anxiety)
- Punitive damages, which are handed out in times of gross negligence or when the defendant intended to cause harm; however, these damages are sometimes viewed as excessive and are only able to be won by a skilled attorney
Learn more about your legal options: call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative now.
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The Downtown LA Law Group is the premier law firm in town to help victims of assault and battery incidents. We know the best methods to winning your case and will work around the clock to secure you the compensation you deserve. Our aggressive lawyers will not stop pursuing your rightful restitution; we will ensure that your claim is at the top of the pile and that the insurance agent makes worthwhile offers. If we are not given a satisfactory amount, we will take your case to court to win your lawsuit in front of a judge and jury and prove that your rights were violated.
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For more assistance filing a nightclub assault and battery lawsuit
, reach out to the Downtown LA Law Group today