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Bar Fight Injury Attorney Chicago, IL

There are over 1630 bars, taverns and nightclubs just in Chicago. This number does not include any of the surrounding suburbs. With that many bars, it is no surprise that the number of bar fights and the injuries they cause are on the rise. Alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, and more often than not when a fight occurs in a bar or tavern, alcohol is the main contributing factor. Illinois has enacted laws to protect citizens and hold accountable the establishments that sell and profit from the sale of alcohol. It is known as the DRAM SHOP ACT. The DRAM SHOP ACT states in part that:

Section 6-21 of the Liquor Control Act of 1934 (the Dramshop Act) (235 ILCS 5/6-21 (2000)) creates a cause of action against owners of businesses that sell liquor, and also against lessors or owners of the premises on which the liquor is sold, for physical injury to a person, for injury to tangible property, or for injury to means of support or loss of society, but not both, caused by an intoxicated person. (click here to read the law in it’s entirety)

If you have been injured in a bar fight, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In the unfortunate event that you are injured in a bar fight, there are some things that you should do. After you have sought medical treatment for your injuries, you should make a police report. You should also make an incident report with the bar or tavern where the injury occurred. Many bars and taverns require their employees to make an incident report, request a copy of the report from the bar where the injury occurred if such a report has been made. As soon as possible depending on your injuries, write down exactly what happened, including the names of any witnesses while the incident is still fresh in your mind. The attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman are experienced in representing people injured in bar fights in Chicago Il and the surrounding suburbs. Contact us today to find out what remedies are available to you.


Alcohol is not the only possible cause of injuries in a bar. Over zealous bouncers and security guards can also be the cause of injuries. Bouncers and security guards are regular people who are not above the law. They are not permitted to use excessive force on patrons. In fact, bouncers should only resort to physical measures when they are defending themselves, as in self defense, or when a patron is causing harm to another patron. A bouncer could be held liable for using unnecessary force on a patron, and the bar that employs them could held liable as well. Assault and battery is a crime, and a bouncer using excessive force on a patron could also be charged criminally. A bouncer cannot just simply walk up to a patron and physically attack or accost a patron. They should first verbally request the patron leave the premises, if the patron will not leave, the next course of action should be to call the police. A bouncer’s purpose is to keep the patrons safe, not cause them harm. If you have been injured by a bouncer in Chicago Il or the surrounding suburbs, contact one of our attorneys today to find out what your rights are.

You may be entitled to recover for your injuries. The attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman can explain your rights to you.


Have you ever been to wedding reception at a banquet hall where a fight broke out? Fights at wedding receptions held at banquet halls in Chicago Il are an unfortunately becoming a common occurrence. A wedding should be a happy celebratory occasion. Unfortunately, in some cases, emotions may be running high, add alcohol to the mix, and the potential for an argument resulting in a physical altercation where someone gets injured goes up. Go to Youtube or Google and search wedding fight. Sadly you will find hundreds if not thousands of videos of fights that have occurred at weddings. The attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman have represented victims of injuries caused by a fight at a wedding reception. We can help answer your questions and evaluate your case to see if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured because of a fight at a wedding reception in Chicago Il or the suburbs, call us today for a free consultation.


Going out for an evening should be a fun and enjoyable experience. One expects that if there are bouncers or security personnel, if an issue arises, it is their job to protect patrons from being attacked by other patrons. A principle responsibility of security personnel and bouncers is to identify situations where patrons that are a threat to other patrons, and once identified to take the necessary measures to remove troublesome patrons from the premises to protect other patrons. If they identify a patron who is intoxicated and becoming aggressive or threatening to other patrons and they fail to remove that person, or take measures to ensure that they do not harm another patron, the bar and the employees may be held liable for your injuries. Additionally, if they fail to identify patrons who are intoxicated or aggressive and a threat to other patrons and as a result that person injures you, the bar owner as well as the employee could be liable for your injuries. If you have been injured as a result of negligent security at a bar, tavern or nightclub in Chicago Il or the surrounding suburbs, call the attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman and we can evaluate your case. The consultation is free.



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