If a patron was injured by drunk fighters as he was exiting the bar, who is liable? 4 Answers as of February 03, 2014

A patron exits a bar. A heated argument by two other drunk patrons got carried outside and the two other patrons began to physically fight right outside of bar doorway. The patron exiting, unaware that a confrontation is occuring, exits the door just as one of the fighters swings at the other fighter. Instead of hitting intended patron, the patron exiting door is hit and injured, requiring medical attention. Is the bar culpable or only the batterer?

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Adler Law Group, LLC
Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
The hitter is responsible. The Bar is also responsible only if they had sufficient time to know of the hazard or risk of fight and stop it from happening in a reasonable way.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 2/3/2014
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
You asked the same question on Avvo yesterday! You would have to prove that the bartender knew or should have known the fight was going on and failed to warn you about it. Or, that the guy who hit you had been over-served.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 1/31/2014
Candiano Law Office
Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
The answer has NOT changed, we need MANY more details. SPEAK with a local attorney.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 1/31/2014
Lombardi Law Firm
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
It could be the fighters' fault and the bar's fault. You could have a dram shop claim.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Replied: 1/31/2014
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