A man has filed a personal injury lawsuit against a West Virginia nightclub after he and his cousin were stabbed in a fight. The personal injury suit claims that the club is financially liable for his injuries because the selling of alcohol during the early morning hours of weekends encourages violence and presents hazards to club customers. The man is seeking punitive damages and interest.
The claimant was visiting the nightclub with his cousin when an altercation broke out. It is not immediately clear what caused the incident, but he sustained stab wounds and was also hit on top of the head. According to the lawsuit, the nightclub has experienced several bouts of violence, including fights with guns and knives both inside and outside of the club. It is possible that the nightclub encouraged an environment that may have promoted the violent incident and did not take measures to protect its patrons.
The West Virginia man sustained lacerations from the stabbing, but the insurer for the nightclub has refused to pay for these injuries. Based on the sale of alcohol and history of the club, it may have been foreseeable that a patron would bring a weapon into the establishment. This could be interpreted as negligence on part of the club owners or operators, particularly considering the allegedly lax security measures.
When an individual is injured because of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior, a personal injury claim is a reasonable manner through which a person can seek compensation. Any compensation awarded would be for medical expenses and other injury-related costs, including emotional trauma. No one should suffer alone after an accident, but should seek an evaluation to understand potential legal options.
Source: wvrecord.com, “Another man sues night club for stabbing injuries“, Kyla Asbury, Feb. 17, 2015