Ormond Beach, FL asked in Personal Injury for Florida

Q: If an establishment allows known gang members to enter, is it responsible for the safety of other patrons?

Example: A bar / restaurant allows any number of gang members to enter, brandishing their gang colors. If the gang engages in an altercation such as a shoot out or fight, can the establishment be held liable for any injuries that can occur other bystanders / victims?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Christopher Reynolds
Christopher Reynolds
  • Seminole, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: A business generally has a duty to take reasonable measures for the safety of its patrons. In the situation you describe, places like bars or clubs generally have security for the safety of the patrons. If this security is insufficient, this may be a negligent security situation. So, for example, if a property owner knowingly allows a dangerous condition to remain on its property and fails to either warn other patrons or make the property safe, if a patron is injured due to this known danger, the property owner might be liable for the injury sustained.

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