While many bars employ well-trained bouncers and doormen, there have been incidents here on Long Island of nightclub security overstepping their authority, using excessive force and severely injuring patrons.
Bouncers are hired to keep the bar safe and generally can do this with verbal warnings. When verbal warnings don’t work, they should call the police. They do not have the right to use physical force against patrons.
Occasionally, it might be allowable to use mild force if an extremely aggressive patron is endangering others around them and not responding to verbal warnings. However, Long Island bouncers have been known to use such aggressive force—including restraints and pain compliance control holds--to severely injure a patron and even cause death. A bouncer should never use headlocks, chokeholds, wrist locks, full-nelsons or pain compliance holds, nor do they have the right to kick, punch, choke or shove patrons.
When Bouncers Overstep Their Boundaries, They Can Cause Severe Harm
Some common injuries suffered at the hands of overly aggressive nightclub security include:Many times, these injuries occur because bouncers are not properly trained. Clubs need to ensure their security is properly trained and has the experience necessary to keep all club patrons safe.
Were you or someone you love injured by a club bouncer or doorman?
Our Long Island personal injury lawyers can help answer any questions you have. You have rights and may be entitled to compensation for any injuries or damages you suffered. Our experienced attorneys have won these types of cases by investigating and proving the club’s negligence. Contact us today at 516-222-4000 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will sit down with you to discuss your case, make sure to answer all your questions and let you know what to expect from the legal process.