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Miami Beach Nightclub Patron Gets Restitution

January 23, 2016
Colson Hicks Eidson

A young Rhode Island business school student decided to go to Miami to celebrate the New Year, but his fun ended early when a bouncer confronted him outside of a club. Now this Miami Beach nightclub patron is getting restitution for his suffering and help with his recovery.

Miami Beach Nightclub Patron Gets Restitution

This 22-year-old, a Moroccan native, had come to Florida from Rhode Island to celebrate 2015 on our state’s beautiful beaches and in its vibrant clubs, but in the early hours of New Year’s Day, something went wrong.

How did the Nightclub Injury Happen?

Witnesses told police that they watched the 22-year-old get into an argument with a bouncer, which ended when the bouncer struck the smaller student. The 22-year-old fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. The impact caused his skull to fracture and injured his brain. The former business student is now incapable of taking care of himself, and his parents have moved to Florida to take care of their ailing son.

Who Will Be Held Responsible?

The bouncer was charged with felony battery charges and will go to trial soon, but the club he worked for is also paying the price. The Opium Group—owners of the Miami Beach nightclub where the 22-year-old was injured—reached a settlement with the young man for $5 million.

All businesses must provide a reasonably safe environment for their patrons, and if they fail to do so, then they can be held liable. The actions of this company’s bouncer violated that expectation of safety, and now the Opium Group will pay $5 million. Not every traumatic brain injury case settles for that kind of money, but talking to an attorney is the only way to pursue compensation for an incident like this. For more information, check out our traumatic brain injuries page.

Colson Hicks Eidson — Personal Injury Attorneys