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Man Shot during Fight at Hempstead, Long Island Nightclub--Is the Club Responsible?

Long Island's many night clubs are popular places for hanging out late at night, but too often the combination of alcohol, crowds, and sometimes weapons has caused injuries.  Recently, Shemoi Edwards, a 20-year-old from Uniondale, was arrested when he stared shooting at a crowd outside Club Nakisaki in Hempstead. A second man, Kevin Hewitt of Hempstead, was also arrested when he tried to prevent police officers from arresting Edwards. When criminal acts occur at nightclubs, questions may arise over negligent security. Some questions to ask:
• Was the club overcrowded? Often clubs are dark and can become very dangerous if they are overcrowded. It is important for clubs to have adequate crowd control.
• Was there adequate security? Clubs have a responsibility to provide reasonable security to ensure their patrons are safe.
• Was their adequate lighting? Many club shootings, such as this one, occur in the parking lot outside the club. It is equally important to ensure that the outside of the club is well-lit and safe. 
• If the suspect was drunk, did the club serve him drink after drink, knowing he had reached his limit? Was the suspect old enough to legally drink?

When a crime is committed on the club's property, the club may share some of the liability if they did not provide reasonable measures to keep their patrons safe. To help anyone who has been hurt at a nightclub, Goldstein and Bashner has created an informative, free report, "Hitting Rock Bottom," that details the legal process following an injury at a nightclub as well as at a concert. Our lawyers have experience handling injuries at nightclubs throughout Long Island, as well as popular concert venues such as Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum. If you or someone you know has been injured at a nightclub, contact us for a free consultation. We'll go over your case and answer any questions you have.

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