Bar Liability

Personal Injury Lawyers for Bar and Tavern Liability serving Toronto

Over-Serving, Bouncer Assault & Negligent Security

In Ontario, bars and taverns are required to comply with the Liquor Licence Act, and staff members must be certified by Smart Serve Ontario, an organization that provides alcohol beverage service training for the Ontario hospitality industry.

Bars must not serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated people, and they have an obligation to ensure that no foreseeable harm comes to any person because of the sale of alcohol. Additionally, bars and taverns are required to keep their premises reasonably safe. Bars/taverns may be held liable for damages if:

  • A bouncer/security guard uses excessive force and assaults a patron, or
  • A patron is assaulted by another patron where the bar overserved the attacker or security failed to intervene to end the assault

Helping You Understand the Complexities of Bar Liability

Bar liability, also known as commercial host liability or social host liability, is a complex area of personal injury law. The personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law have over a decade of experience in the personal injury field, and we understand how to deal with the complexities of a bar liability claim. When you meet with our team, we will take the time to understand every detail of your case and answer all of your questions. We will work diligently to uncover the evidence necessary to support your claim that the bar should share liability for your injuries. We are skilled investigators, negotiators, and litigators, and you can feel confident leaving your case in our hands while you focus on your recovery.

If you’ve been assaulted by a bouncer or the security staff at a bar, you may have a negligence-based claim against the bar, which could entitle you to compensation for pain & suffering, lost wages, or medical expenses. Similarly, you may be able to bring a claim against the bar if they overserved a customer who then physically or sexually assaulted you, even if that person does not face criminal charges.

Contact Derfel Injury Law for professional service and advice on Bar and Tavern Liability

Contact Derfel Injury Law to meet the personal injury lawyers and professional legal team who will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible resolution to your bar liability claim. Our office is conveniently located in Toronto. Call us at 416.847.3580 to schedule a visit at the individual office closest to you or contact us using the form below.