A Bouncer Injured Me! Can I Sue?

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There are many different types of personal injury claims that can be filed under Pennsylvania’s personal injury laws. Examples of common injury claims filed by victims include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Premises Liability (i.e. slip and fall accidents)
  • Dog Bites
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Injuries
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Damages may include medical bills, loss of wages, property damage, mental stress, emotional suffering, physical pain, scarring, disfigurement, and permanent disability. However, the above accidents and injuries do not encompass all claims that may be filed under Pennsylvania’s personal injury laws. For example, if a bouncer injures a patron while removing them from the premises, that person may have a personal injury claim against the bouncer, the establishment, and/or the property owner.

Bouncers Are Not the Police

Bouncers at bars, clubs, and other establishments are ordinary citizens. They are bound by the same laws that you and I are with regard to personal injury. In some cases, bouncers may be off duty police officers. However, just because a bouncer is an off-duty officer does not allow the bouncer to do anything and get away with it.

In most cases, a bouncer can ask you to leave the premises, but he is not allowed to force you to leave physically. Exceptions may include a bouncer physically intervening if you are breaking the law or you are attempting to harm another person.  For example, may not be allowed to physically pick you up and toss you into the street like you see in movies and on television shows. However, if you begin a fist fight in the bar, the bouncer may have the right to restrain you and remove you from the premises physically.

Injuries Cases Involving Bouncers Are Complex

As you can see, an injury caused involving a bouncer can be very complex and difficult to handle. You should never assume that a bouncer was working within the law and the scope of his duties if you are injured. You need to seek experienced legal counsel to determine if you have the right to be compensated for your injuries, losses, and damages.

Your best step is to contact an attorney who has experience in both personal injury law and criminal law. An attorney with experience in both areas of law understands when a bouncer may be liable for injuries sustained by a patron. Our attorneys have extensive experience in criminal law and personal injury law. We can help determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Call an Erie Personal Injury Attorney for Help

Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our Erie personal injury attorneys. Don’t delay in contacting our office for your free appointment because your time to file an injury claim is limited by law in Pennsylvania. Don’t let time run out on your claim – call today for an appointment.