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Charleston mayor concerned about customer safety at area club

Most Charleston area residents do not worry about their safety when they go out to public places like restaurants, shopping malls or grocery stores. However, anytime a public place attracts a big crowd of people, the property owner or business operator needs to take some steps to ensure the security of their customers. For one local nightclub, inadequate security may be a concern after Charleston Mayor Danny Jones publicly scorned the establishment because of recent violence on the property.

The incident occurred at the Sky Lounge on Capitol Street when one patron was leaving and another man pushed him to the ground and stabbed him. Luckily, the victim survived the incident after getting treatment at a local hospital. But, Mayor Jones warned that if the bar's owners failed to do something about the violence, someone could get killed in a future incident.

Under West Virginia law, the property owner or business occupant has a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent people from sustaining injuries while on the property. Those precautions can include anything ranging from checking and cleaning slippery substances off the floors, to providing lighting and other security in and around the building.

When a business owner fails to keep their customers' safety in mind, they risk liability for any injuries that occur. Victims can file a premises liability lawsuit to recover damages including medical expenses and lost wages.

In this case, the victim survived the stabbing outside the Charleston nightclub. But the owners may have been able to do something to prevent the incident from occurring in the first place. Nobody should have to fear for their safety when going out to a public place.

Source: WOWK TV, "Charleston nightclub comes under fire after weekend stabbing," Lisa Robbins and Christina Fan, Aug. 26, 2013

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