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Portsmouth bar closes after wrongful death lawsuit filed

For families dealing with the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can be a way to seek out compensation and to make sure no one else suffers in the way their family member did. In this case, the owners of a restaurant and bar were named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit, because an attack that happened at the facility left a man dead.

The family's 24-year-old son died in 2013 after he was hit over the head by another patron while he was at the bar. He had allegedly spilled a drink on the man earlier in the night, spurring the attack. In 2014, the man who struck him pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10.5 to 22 years in prison.

The family claims the facility is liable for their son's death, but the bar owners claim they aren't because they were operating under a limited liability company. However, it's been shown that the owners had been previously cited 11 times while running the bar for allegedly serving already intoxicated patrons, serving to those underage and for fights occuring on the premises.

The establishment closed and is seeking bankruptcy protection. The owners deny that they should be involved in the lawsuit.

In cases like this, premises liability can also be part of your lawsuit for a loved one's wrongful death. If your loved one is hurt at a location where alcohol is sold due to an intoxicated person being overserved, that could be a potential basis for a legal claim against the property and business owners.

Source: Union Leader, "Owners of former Portsmouth bar seek bankruptcy after wrongful death lawsuit," James A. Kimble, July 21, 2016

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