Philadelphia Police Call for Witnesses
Last month, a man who had been at a local bar in the Manayunk and Roxborough section of Philadelphia suffered head injuries when he was involved in a verbal altercation with another individual. The victim was knocked unconscious, taken to Temple University Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
The Philadelphia Police Department has issued a YouTube video showing persons of interest.
The video shows two men walking on the sidewalk and then flashes to the inside of the bar. Several individuals are shown inside the bar, presumably by a camera inside the bar. The video has been viewed over 7,000 times.
No arrests have been made, and the police department’s investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215.686.3355 (Northwest Detective Division).
Alcohol Related Injuries Due to Bar Fights -What Our Lawyers Say
Alcohol related injuries due to fights or accidents are often very serious. This most recent example is a prime example. Brain and head injuries often result in long term symptoms like persistent memory loss or personality changes. Naturally, there is the question of liability. Is the perpetrator criminally or civilly liable? Is the bar liable? The answer to both is a qualified “yes.”
Liability of the Perpetrator – Criminal & Civil Cases
In a bar fight case in Philadelphia, the perpetrator who caused the injury may be arrested and charged with a crime such as assault, harassment, etc. In addition, the perpetrator may be held liable in a civil court and ordered to pay the victim monetary damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Liability of the Bar or Restaurant – Civil Cases
Under Pennsylvania law, other individuals may also be held liable, such as the bar owner or operator. Claims are often based on negligence in serving alcohol or serving alcohol to minors. In some instances, a bar or restaurant can be held liable for other acts of negligence, such as failing to take reasonable actions to protect patrons from known risks or negligence in implementing security procedures.
Related Alcohol Injury Law Articles:
- Alcohol Accident & Injury Lawsuits in PA & NJ (March 18, 2014) A discussion of lawsuits for DUIs, fights and other accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Liquor service establishments like bars, restaurants and nightclubs are often liable for negligent conduct leading to an injury.
- Homeowners’ Insurance May Provide Coverage for Victims of Assaults, Sexual Assaults & Shootings (March 2, 2014) Many people don’t know that “homeowners’ insurance” and “renters’ insurance” policies often apply to injuries that occur off the insured premises. Bar fights which result in injuries may be covered under the perpetrator’s homeowners/renters’ insurance policy.
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