Bingo is a fun and easy game that you can learn from an early age. But it’s also a great way to socialize with family and friends or meet new people that share similar interests. Bingo halls are places where you can enjoy the game with many people, and these locations are available in just about every city. The “hall” may be a commercial space that’s specially designed to serve as a bingo / game room. Alternatively, community centers and churches rent out spaces within their buildings, which are used as bingo halls.
There was a time when bingo was considered a game for kids and senior citizens, but that’s not true at all based on the popularity of sleek, modern bingo halls. Most of these businesses offer slots machines and other fun games, along with snacks and drinks. People also enjoy the thrill of winning large amounts of money or exciting prizes.
Because they draw large crowds of people, security measures are critical at a bingo hall. Under California laws, it is the responsibility of business owners to ensure that the premises are as safe as possible. When there is a hazardous condition on the property that causes injury to another party, a business owner may be sued under the concept of premise liability.
Were you sexually assaulted while you were at a bingo hall? In that case, please take some time to learn about your rights and legal options. Our lawyers are here to listen and help you determine the best course of action, which may include a claim for monetary compensation. Simply reach out to us at your earliest convenience and schedule a free case review.
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Bingo is a wholesome activity that’s appropriate for people of all ages. That’s why people assume that bingo halls are safe, and there is little to no chance that anyone would be assaulted on the property. But you have to keep in mind that these places are full of people you don’t know. Some of them may have bad intentions on their mind, like committing acts of violence against an unsuspecting victim.
Public bathrooms and parking lots are two areas where people are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse. With bathrooms, it’s important that stalls have strong and secure locks. As for cameras, you certainly can’t have them directly in the bathrooms, but they can be placed in the hallways or in front of the bathroom doors. Some places also have a bathroom key system, so that only one person is allowed in the bathroom at a time.
Surveillance cameras must also be in the parking areas, considering this is a primary spot for muggings, physical fights, and other assault and battery incidents. Parking lots should also have bright lighting that turns on automatically if there is a lack of natural light. In addition, owners should be mindful of overgrown trees and hedges, piles of garbage, and other obstructions that sexual predators can hide behind.
Your Right to File a Lawsuit against the Bingo Hall
It’s important to note that a property owner is not always responsible for a sexual assault on their premises. After all, they are not the actual perpetrator of your injuries, nor could they have predicted that you would be a target for someone with a criminal mindset. So, what gives you the right to sue a bingo hall owner for an incident of sexual assault?
Under the law of premises liability, a business owner is obligated to take reasonable measures for the sake of protecting those on their property. This includes cleaning indoor and outdoor areas of the property and making repairs as needed. But you also have to think about security issues, like how to prevent acts of sexual abuse. Of course, there is no way to predict every incident of assault that can happen on a property. The key is to minimize the possibility of such incidents by taking adequate security measures.
To illustrate this point more clearly, let’s take a look at some of the ways a bingo hall owner can fail in their duty of care:
Not placing security cameras in critical locations throughout the property.
Failing to maintain the cameras or not repairing them when there is a malfunction
Failing to replace broken locks, particularly in the bathrooms
Not taking additional security measures when there have been previous incidents of sexual assault at the bingo hall.
Dim or insufficient lighting in corridors / hallways and parking lots
These are all examples of negligence by a property owner or operator, and this is the principle that’s at the heart of all personal injury lawsuits. That’s why it’s essential to discover the exact cause of your injuries and the business owner’s role in causing or contributing to your accident. For a detailed discussion on your right to file a lawsuit, call us right away to speak with a bingo fall sexual assault attorney.
Sexual Assault Lawsuit Q & A
Now, let’s take a look at some of the questions that victims have on their minds when they contact us for the first time. Chances are, you are wondering about the same issues as a victim of sexual assault at a bingo hall. Please keep in mind that this information is for general purposes only. If you need answers that are specific to your case, please reach out to us for a free consultation.
Is there a time limit to file a sexual assault lawsuit?
Yes, the statute of limitations for a sexual assault lawsuit is 10 years form the date of the incident. This is the deadline for lawsuits where the victim is an adult (at least 18 years old). If the victim is a child, they have up until the age of 40, or 22 years after turning 18 to file a sexual assault lawsuit. There are limited circumstances that can increase the amount of time you have for a lawsuit, but these are rare instances. Furthermore, it’s to your advantage to contact a lawyer right away, who will investigate your incident, collect evidence, and take other actions that are relevant to your case.
What is the average compensation amount for these cases?
The pain and trauma from sexual violence – even if there are no physical injuries – are profound and life-changing. With growing knowledge about the impact of sexual assault, these cases are usually settled for around $450,000 to $2,000,000 or more. However, each victim is affected by sexual abuse in different ways, and this is ultimately what will determine the amount you can receive from a successful lawsuit. That’s why legal advice from a lawyer with experience in sexual assault claims is highly recommended.
How long does it take to settle a sexual assault claim?
Sexual assault is undoubtedly a sensitive subject that no business wants to be associated with. That’s why these cases often take longer to settle than injury cases for incidents like slip and falls. Generally, it takes at least 6 months to reach a settlement, though one or more years is a more realistic timeline. If it turns out that a trial is necessary, the justice process can take up to several years. However, only a small fraction of cases go to trial, and it’s more than likely that your case will be settled through private negotiations.
Can I find a new lawyer if I’m not happy with my current attorney?
Yes, no matter what stage you’re at with your lawsuit, you can switch your lawyer and transfer your case to another firm. But doing so requires a careful examination of what you’re unhappy, and whether changing attorneys will improve your chances for a successful recovery. The answer depends on circumstances that are unique to each client. A second opinion consultation is the best way to decide is finding a new lawyer is right for you. The sex abuse lawsuit attorneys of DTLA are available to speak with you, so don’t hesitate to call and schedule a free second opinion.
Free Legal Services for Victims of Sexual Assault
Those who are sexually assaulted are entitled to justice from the responsible entities. This includes the perpetrator of the abuse, along with those that enabled them or put the victim in a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, the cost of legal fees may get in the way if a victim is brave enough to speak out and demand compensation from a lawsuit.
Here at DTLA Law Group, we believe that the cost of legal service should come from the negligent party, not the injury victim. That’s the philosophy behind the Zero Fee Guarantee, which is a policy where the client pays absolutely nothing. All expenses associated with your case are included in your settlement from the defendant, and that’s the only way we get paid. In essence, if you don’t receive payment, neither do we.
To receive legal advice and guidance from a bingo hall sexual assault lawyer, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.
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