Oct 16, 2014 - Premises Liability

On Oct. 9, a bar fight in Delaware County, Pennsylvania left one man in critical condition and another man fleeing from arrest at a local bar. The incident occurred inside the La Cantina Bar in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, which is located in the 6800 block of Market Street.

According to police, the victim’s throat was slashed by a knife wielded by another patron who was also visiting the bar at the same time. The victim was hospitalized in extremely critical condition following the stabbing, yet died four days later on Oct. 13 from injuries suffered in the attack.

Investigators say the person suspected of stabbing victim is originally from Honduras. He is still on the run although he has been identified. The police are now considering the incident as a homicide.

Pennsylvania residents have a right to expect not to be harmed when visiting their favorite restaurants are nightclubs. As discussed in a previous blog post, property owners can incur premises liability when they fail to take reasonable measures to mitigate dangerous property issues.

Usually, premises liability cases directly involve the property owner and the injured customer. An example of this might be a landlord’s failure to keep sidewalks free of ice which results in a slip and fall injury to a customer. However, in some circumstances property owners can also be liable by not taking adequate security measures to ensure patrons are not injured by third parties.

If you are a Pennsylvania resident injured while visiting a dangerous property, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible for you to recoup the costs of your medical expenses and possibly even wages you may have been prevented from earning due to your injuries.

Source:, “Stabbing Victim Dies 4 Days After Attack: Police” Alison Burdo, Oct. 14, 2014

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