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Assault by Bar Manager…

Submitted By: Dan (Brooklyn Park, MN, US)

Two days ago my friends and I were kicked out of a bar. The bar manager kicked my friend out stating that he threw up all over the bathroom which was false, as I saw for myself that my friend did not vomit.

When we were outside the manager sent out a few of his friends to start fighting with my buddies. Once that happened the manager, who also calls himself the lead bouncer, started punching my buddies while we were waiting for a cab after being kicked out. He used the justification that a fight was in progress to come out and join in, not to break it up.

Can anything be done about this? Should I file a complaint with police? The bar did not call the police when this happened and I have 5+ witnesses to the fact that the manager started punching my friends without reason.

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Dear Dan,

The first action you should have taken was to call the police. Without a police report made at the time of the assault your cases lack credibility.

It may not be too late to file a police report. That would be the basis of any civil suit. The police report, taken with witness statements will go very far to help you and your friend in a case against the bar manager, owner, and any of the bar’s employees who assaulted the both of you.

If the bar was insured their insurance company may be the entity from which you may ultimately receive compensation for your injuries, your out of pocket expenses such as prescription medications, your lost wages, and possibly an additional amount for pain and suffering.

You can be assured the bar owner, manager, and those who assaulted the both of you will not agree they assaulted you. Instead you may be in for a substantial legal battle.

If you are intent on pursuing a legal claim against the owner of the bar, the manager, and those employees who assaulted you, consult with several personal injury attorneys. Most will not charge any fee for an initial office consultation.

Tell them the facts and they will be able to advise you.

Learn more here: Liability in Bar Fights

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,


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