Sometimes the bouncers on duty at Nevada's world-famous nightclubs reach the end of their ropes and beat up patrons for being uncooperative. Unless the bouncer was acting in legal self-defense, battering a patron is illegal and could lead to the victim recovering hefty money damages.
In many cases, the bouncer him/herself does not have much money. But the victim may be able to bring a negligence lawsuit against the security guard company and/or the venue, which often have deeper pockets. Victims have a two-year window following the injury to bring these lawsuits in Nevada. Victims of bouncer brawls may be entitled to compensatory damages, which can include:
It may also be possible to win punitive damages, depending on the case. And victims who provoked the incident may still be able to recover damages as long as they were no more than 50% responsible for the incident.
The vast majority of personal injury cases never get to trial. Usually, the plaintiff and defense attorneys can negotiate a settlement without having calculated who was more at fault. But whether or not the case goes to trial, an ethical personal injury attorney will not take a penny upfront and gets paid only if and when the plaintiff wins. Learn more about how to bring a lawsuit against a bouncer in Nevada.