Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or gathering with co-workers for happy hour, many adults in Houston take full advantage of the abundant nightlight. However, if injured in a bar or winery, you may be unsure who you can hold liable for the damages you’ve endured. Luckily, a Houston premises liability lawyer can assist you in recovering the compensation you are entitled to. The following blog explores what you must know about these circumstances if you are injured.
How Do Injuries at a Bar or Winery Happen?
Injuries in bars are not as uncommon as one might believe. Unfortunately, many injuries result from slips and falls. It’s no secret that many who visit bars want to let loose with drinks. However, they may drop their cup, spilling liquid and shattered glass on the ground. If the bar staff does not assess the situation promptly and effectively, someone may become injured.
Additionally, patrons my trip over unsecured wires. Often, bars will have a DJ or band to play music. However, all cords should be out of the way of patrons, such as in an unauthorized area, or securely taped down to prevent trips.
Unsafe property conditions, such as inadequate lighting, broken doors and windows, missing handrails, and poorly hung fixtres can also lead to injuries for bar patrons.
Who Can Face Liability for the Damages?
Generally, bar owners bear the burden of liability when a patron is hurt on their premises. In many instances, injuries are the direct result of the owner’s negligence. Even if the owner was not present at the time of the injury, it is ultimately their responsibility to ensure staff are properly trained on how to promptly respond to and remedy hazards that can lead to injury.
Additionally, they must ensure the building is up to local code. This includes ensuring stairwells are safe, there is adequate fire protection, and walkways on the property are free of hazards. Additionally, bar owners are responsible for ensuring furniture and fixtures are properly maintained. For example, if a bar owner is aware that a chair at the bar is wobbling due to a loose screw, they must fix or remove it. If they do not, a guest sitting may become injured if the chair breaks while they are seated.
What Should I Do if I’m Hurt?
If injured due to a bar owner’s negligence, ensuring you take the necessary steps to hold the party responsible is critical. The most important thing to do is file an incident report form. Do not write anything that could be skewed as assuming responsibility for the injuries that occurred. Be sure to request a copy of this report before leaving the establishment.
You’ll also want to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the injury. If the injury is severe, you should consider contacting emergency services for immediate care. Going to a doctor can help you heal from the injuries while establishing medical care.
Finally, you’ll want to contact the experienced premises liability team at the Gonzalez Law Group. We understand the complexities of these issues and will do everything possible to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to during these challenging times. Reach out today to discuss the details of your case.