Can I take legal action against a bar if while at their establishment one of the heating lamps fell on me and gave me a concussion?

UPDATED: Mar 21, 2012

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Can I take legal action against a bar if while at their establishment one of the heating lamps fell on me and gave me a concussion?

I was at a bar when some people got into a fight, which lead to the outside heating lamp falling over and onto my head. I later found out that it had caused a concussion, and I had to miss 2 days of work, as well as pay for 2 doctors appointments. I discussed it with the owner after it happened and he apologized and offered me 3 free drink cards, which I declined. I had been drinking at the time of the incident. The lamp was behind me when it fell.

Asked on March 21, 2012 under Personal Injury, California


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You should consult an attorney in your area to determine whether you have a case. The thing is a that the lamp falling may not be the fault of the bar owner since it was caused by the people fighting. It does not mean, however, the owner is completely off hook. It must be determined why the people fought and how long they fought. Did the owner or anyone working there try to stop the fight? Without such information, it is hard to evaluate your case.

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