Bouncers and security guards play an important role in event management and bar security. Large crowds of tightly packed people need to have rules in order to keep everyone safe. People acting belligerent can ruin everyone’s good time, as well as put them in danger. This is of course twice as important if the event serves alcohol. However, bouncers and security guards are not police and must exercise self-control when dealing with patrons.
Security guards and bouncers can abuse their power more frequently than anyone should be comfortable with though. These guards are only supposed to use the amount of force that is absolutely necessary for the situation. This means that it is only appropriate for a security guard to injure a patron in any way; if they do so in self defense or in defense of other guests. If the Security guards or bouncers escalate a situation and cause injury, they can be found negligent.
It is important to break down negligence in order to understand this. Negligence applies when a person has a duty to act in a certain way that avoids danger to others, fails to act in this way, and their failure results in actual injuries to a person. The job of a security guard or bouncer is to protect the patrons of a bar or event. This means that they absolutely have a responsibility to do so in a safe way and non-negligent manner.
If the guard does cause injury, the business who hired them can also be found liable for their actions through the concept of “vicarious liability.” This legal doctrine holds businesses responsible for the actions of their employees. However, businesses can avoid having to take responsibility if the bouncer or security guard used so much force that they have left behind the limitations of their job. In this case, the bouncer or security guard would be held personally liable.
If you have been injured by a security guard or bouncer at a bar or event, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer Atlanta GA trusts right away. Your attorney will be able to analyze the details of the incident and determine if you have a case, and who you should file the claim against. They will also be able to explain to you the specific personal injury laws of your state and lay out the best path for you to receive the outcome you deserve.
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