Assault and Battery at a New Jersey Bar, Nightclub, or Lounge

New Jersey law knows that businesses that serve alcohol are places where there can be an increased likelihood of violence. That is why the law expects bars, nightclubs, and lounges to take reasonable steps to prevent violence.

Who Do I Sue?

Violence at bars, nightclubs, and lounges can be caused by bouncers and security hired or employed by them. It can also be caused by other customers at the place or by people who hang around outside the place.

The problem is that the people who attacked you usually do not have assets or insurance coverage that will compensate you for your injuries.

A New Jersey personal injury lawyer will look into filing a lawsuit against the bar or nightclub or lounge that had a responsibility to provide a safe place for you to enjoy your evening. If the attack was caused by a person who was not hired or employed by the bar or nightclub, the New Jersey injury attorney will look at some of the following issues in deciding whether or not to sue the bar or sue the nightclub:

  • Is there a history of other criminal acts at the bar or nightclub?
  • What kind of neighborhood is the car or nightclub in?
  • Was there security at the time of the attack?
  • What kinds of other businesses are nearby?
  • Is the area known for crime?

If you were beaten by the security or bouncers hired by the bar, nightclub, or lounge, the injury lawyer will sue the bar, nightclub, or lounge where it happened. The bar or nightclub or lounge is responsible for the criminal acts of its security if it was negligent in hiring and/or supervising the security workers.

But I was Attacked Outside in the Parking Lot

Every bar, nightclub, and lounge has a duty to take reasonable steps for your safety. That duty does not end at the door of the building.

For example, as a customer, you often drive into the business’ parking lot and then walk on a sidewalk up to the building. If the bar, nightclub or lounge reasonably expects you to use its parking lot and the sidewalk within the parking lot, they must also take steps to keep you safe in those places.

Most Common Injuries from Bar Fights

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Concussion
  • Brain Injury
  • Fractures Eye Socket
  • Broken Jaw
  • Scarring
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Death

I Don’t Know if the People Who Beat me were Drunk

Bars should not serve more alcohol to people who are visibly drunk or who appear to be under 21. New Jersey law recognizes that serving alcohol to a customer who is already visibly drunk will increase the risk of violence. Therefore, if you were assaulted by another customer who was already visibly drunk, you have a strong case against the bar.

However, there will be times where the victim will not know if the attackers were drunk or not. The bar, nightclub, and lounge have a duty to make the premises reasonably safe from violence even if the attackers were not drunk.

But I was Drunk and Can’t Remember Everything

The bar has a responsibility to stop serving you if you are visibly drunk. If the bar’s security tosses you outside for being drunk, it must also take reasonable steps to make sure you are not attacked outside.

You might not have a clear memory of what happened when you were beaten up in a bar fight. That is why you should contact a New Jersey premises liability lawyer as soon as possible who can put the bar on notice to preserve any video tapes of the attack.

How Much Time do I Have to Sue?

Generally, in New Jersey, your lawsuit against the bar, nightclub or lounge must be filed within two (2) years of the accident.

How Long Does A New Jersey Bar Fight Lawsuit Take?

Bar fight lawsuits in New Jersey are usually resolved within two (2) years from the time of filing.

How Do I Pay For a Bar Fight Attorney?

We handle bar fight lawsuits in New Jersey on a contingency fee basis.


Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Premises Liability Attorneys

At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC, our team of New Jersey premises liability lawyers are experienced, dedicated, and committed to helping those going through very difficult times. Contact us today at 201-488-1161 for a free legal consultation with our New Jersey personal injury attorneysIf we decide to pursue your case, we will commit ourselves to getting you justice through maximum financial compensation.