Massachusetts negligent security claim could result from bystander death in Boston pub

A 23-year-old bystander was reportedly killed in a Boston pub when a piece of bar glass pierced his jugular during a fight between two other patrons, the Boston Globe reported.

The victim was out with friends at the popular Lansdowne Pub near Fenway Park. Just after midnight, a patron allegedly threw a beer mug, which shattered and sent shards of glass flying. A piece of glass pierced the victim’s jugular vein. Bleeding profusely, he was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he died less than 30 minutes later.

Nothing will make things right for this young man and his family. But a Boston injury lawyer should be called to assist with thoroughly reviewing the circumstances of this case. Certainly the man who threw the glass should be held responsible. It’s also possible that a negligent security claim could be filed against the bar.

A thorough investigation will help determine whether the at-fault patron in this case was excessively intoxicated; whether he had caused problems for other patrons previously; or whether the bar’s owner or staff could have taken additional precautions. A negligent security claim permits a victim to collect damages from a business or property owner when an injury could have been prevented by reasonable precautions.

In this case, two of the victim’s friends were also treated for cuts; one was hit in the head so hard he suffered a possible concussion and needed medical staples to close the wound.

The 25-year-old defendant was charged in Roxbury District Court with manslaughter and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He entered pleas of not guilty and was being held on $75,000 cash bail.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed on business property, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.

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