Could the stabbing at a Visalia bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Two people were injured at a Visalia, California bar early Sunday morning, June 6, 2021.
As reported by ABC30.com, “[o]fficers responded to calls of a stabbing at the Fifth Quarter Bar off Fairway and Orchard just before 2 am on Sunday.”
VisaliaTimesDelta.com is reporting, “[w]hen [officers] arrived, two people were suffering from stab wounds…The two were rushed to Kaweah Health Medical Center in Visalia and treated for non-life threatening wounds.”
According to the report, “[t]he bar has had a number of issues over the years including people being stabbed and shot.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this stabbing may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether these incidents may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to the incidents?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the incident?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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