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Who is responsible for the cost of my injuries from a bar fight?

According to MNDaily.com, a group of mean assaulted two customers at The Library Bar and Grill in Minnesota early Monday morning. One of the assaulted men is in the hospital.

A friend of the victim saw his friend, Justin Griesinger, on the ground surrounded by a large group of men as he was leaving the bar for the night and he quickly came to his friend’s defense.

“I was just walking out to go to a different bar … and I just saw my buddy just getting the crap kicked out of him,” Walsh said. “I’d never met the kids … there was like 12 of them.”

Walsh remembered little after attempting to stop the assault, “About the last thing I can remember, I was running over and I got just absolutely knocked out cold,” Walsh said. “The next thing I remember is waking up by the police officers.”

Griesinger also claims that he did not know the attackers and did not understand why he was the first one attacked.

Sgt. Bill Palmer of the Minneapolis police force said that only one of the suspects in the assault has been arrested.

Griesinger has sustained a broken nose and head injury which required stitches. Evidence of the fight can still be seen on him. “There’s about 15 footprints on my chest right now and on my back from their feet stomping on me when I was out cold,” he said.

The arrested suspect was taken to Hennepin County Jail and booked for third-degree assault. He remains in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

According to Walsh there seems to be more suspects who have not been arrested. “My one roommate picked me up and carried me away when I was knocked out cold,” Walsh said. “My friends were just trying to get to us and they couldn’t even do it.”

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Injuries Sustained at a Bar Fight

Although attacks at bars are relatively rare, if you have been injured at a bar you may have severe injuries which may lead to expensive medical bills. You may be wondering who is going to pay for your injuries. Is there someone you can hold responsible for the damages you have suffered?

One of the common questions is can you hold the bar responsible for the injuries. It is important to talk to a personal injury lawyer about your case but in general unless the individual who punched you is an employee of the bar, the owner of the bar or the bar had prior warning of the impending attack, you may not have a case against the bar.

In fact, the bar owner might have to specifically state that they are assuming the liability of protecting the customers to be held liable for the attack and the cost of the injuries.

Who is liable for your Personal Injuries after a bar fight?

So the next question might be: who is responsible for your personal injuries? If you have been injured by the negligent or criminal actions of another person you may be able to file a civil claim against the person who attacked you.

Keep in mind the aggressor in the attack does not have to be charged or convicted of a crime to be held liable for your personal injuries.

All states have statute of limitations for filing personal injury cases. Talk to a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with the laws of your state to make sure you file your claim prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

States also allocate compensation from a civil claim using various methods. In some state the courts must find you less than 50% at-fault for the incident for you to recover compensation. Other states do not award any compensation if you are found to be at fault at all for your injuries. Other states will allocate damages according to the defendants and plaintiffs percentage of guilt.

Hiring a personal Injury Lawyer

To win a personal injury claim, the injured party generally has to prove negligence (exceptions exist for product liability claims and workers compensation claims). If you have been injured from the negligence of another person, specific procedures must be followed. Gathering evidence, preserving evidence, and gathering witness and expert testimony may be crucial to proving your injury claim.

Personal injury lawyers have the expertise to help you calculate the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive for your claim. Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis and may not be paid until you are awarded compensation.

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