Restaurants top the list of industries most prone to violence than any other industry in America. According to the FBI, restaurants come in eighth as one of the most common locations for violent crime with at least 10,490. What is more alarming is the restaurant and bar violence by patrons.
Restaurant and bar violence by patrons is a growing problem and one that deserves more attention. This can range from minor disturbances to life-threatening incidents.
Recent reports suggest that restaurant violence is getting worse.
This year, in 2023, a CPD officer was paralyzed while breaking up a bar fight.
Also this year, in a Tupelo restaurant parking lot, a man was beaten to death.
A Taco Bell employee was accused of pouring boiling water on a woman and child last year.
In 2021, a Burger King customer was assaulted, leaving with life-changing medical conditions.
An Oak Harbor restaurant patron was severely injured after an accidental gun discharge in 2020.
In 2012, Cracker Barrel Shooting in Ohio. Wrongful death lawsuit.
Restaurants can be dangerous
A restaurant can be a dangerous place to go if the staff is not well-trained in handling incidents of violence. Employees should be trained in how to handle and de-escalate situations. All restaurant employees should undergo regular training on how to identify, report, and address incidents of violence.
In addition, security measures should be in place to protect employees and patrons from potential harm. This could include installing surveillance cameras, hiring security guards, conducting background checks on staff and customers, and having an evacuation plan in place.
Physical and psychological effects of violence in restaurants and bars
The physical and psychological effects of violence in restaurants and bars can be profound. Victims of violence may experience a range of physical injuries, including bruises, broken bones, or even death. Even when physical injuries are not life-threatening, they often lead to long-term psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Additionally, the emotional trauma of witnessing violence can have lasting effects on both victims and bystanders.
When should a personal injury lawyer get involved?
If someone has been injured as a result of restaurant or bar violence, it is important to seek legal help. A personal injury lawyer can help victims receive fair compensation for any wrongful death, damages, or injuries suffered.
How can a personal injury lawyer help with acts of violence case in a restaurant or bar?
A personal injury lawyer will assess a victim’s case and look for any evidence that can be used to support their claim. They will then begin the process of collecting witness testimonies, reviewing police reports, and gathering other relevant documents. They will also negotiate with insurance companies and other responsible parties to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
After gathering all the necessary evidence, your lawyer will work to negotiate a settlement with the other party’s insurance company. In some cases, this may lead to a trial if an acceptable agreement cannot be reached.
If you should go to trial, a restaurant expert witness can help a personal injury lawyer establish liability for any restaurant and bar-related crimes. This expert can also provide valuable insight such as safety guidelines, restaurant policies, and industry standards to help prove negligence on the part of the proprietor.
Unfortunately, violent acts in restaurants and bars occur far too often. It is important for patrons and employees to be aware of their surroundings and take safety precautions.
I have 40+ years of experience in the restaurant and bar industry, so if you need help understanding or navigating any of these issues I’m here for you. I’ve handled clients that have gotten injured, harmed, maimed, or killed.
If you would like to discuss your case further, contact me at (800) 300-5764 or fill out the contact form on my website: restaurantexpertwitness.com/contact-us. I am dedicated to helping my clients pursue justice and make sure they receive the compensation they deserve.
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