San Francisco is densely populated with bars. According to data collected by The Huffington Post, there are approximately six bars for every 10,000 households in the city, making it one of the most bar-filled cities in the country. The area may have a reputation for peace and harmony, but it does not make it exempt from the occasional fight breaking out.
Bar fights may not seem like a dangerous occurrence. However, they can come with serious consequences. Regardless of what side of the fight a person is on, certain actions are beneficial following a brawl.
Who can a person sue?
Naturally, if you end up the victim of a bar fight, then you can sue the assailant. This course of action can lead to receiving compensation for any medical expenses incurred from the fight. Additionally, a victim can sue the establishment that served alcohol. For this to work, the victim would need to prove the bar was negligent in serving too much alcohol to the perpetrator.
What charges could the aggravator face?
After a few drinks, even the most mild-mannered person can instigate a fight. The other person could bring charges to the table, and the one most often brought after a bar fight is assault and battery. These two charges are slightly different. Assault is the threat of applying physical harm to another person while battery is the actual act of applying harm.
After a bar fight, a person can face both charges, and each charge brings a penalty. For assault, a person can face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. For battery, a person can face up to six months in jail as well as a fine up to $2,000. The person may face additional penalties if he or she has a criminal record or if there was a weapon involved.
Either way, it is always advisable to consult with an attorney following a bar fight. Know your rights, and know what action to take.