Untrained Security Personnel - A Source of Serious Injury

Untrained Security Personnel - A Source of Serious Injury  Bars, nightclubs, concert venues, and sometimes large public gatherings often hire security personnel to watch the door and keep the peace. It is not always guaranteed that they hire professionals, however. Often they are chosen on the basis of size alone, and then after that they are chosen based on martial arts skills. An untrained security person can cause serious wrongful injury by misreading and mishandling a situation, in some case causing death. As a rule security personnel of an establishment that serves alcohol or an event should only use force when there is a clear physical threat or if it is for the purposes of an arrest. The job is to monitor the crowd for threats and offer a presence that keeps the crowd safe and prevents issues from escalating out of control. It is important that security personnel do not have prior histories of arrest or violent behavior, and must learn about the legal limits of force that they are allowed to apply.  More importantly, there have been issues of excessive restraint and asphyxiation that led to serious injury as well as death. Many security personnel involved in these cases have not had any formal training on control holds and had no way to gauge how much force could be applied. It actually only takes a few seconds of a choke hold to cause blackout and not significantly more to cause death.  Here are the following points of training that are helpful to both an establishment and the security professional who are interested in avoiding situation that could lead to lawsuits and wrongful arrests in the least and to death at the worst:
  • Proper crowd control. There exist resources on this subject and there has also been a growing emphasis in law enforcement on such training.
  • Civil and criminal law regarding the use of force in public situations. This can be obtained by many online sources, from professional security consultants, and from criminal lawyers.
  • Training in first-aid and CPR, which can be used in extreme situations in which force must be applied and so signs of breathing distress can be identified.
Don't assume that door security personnel are above the law. They are private citizens with a limited authority to use force. If you have been victim of unwarranted and excessive force by security personnel, or if a loved one has died as a result of such force, find an experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight tirelessly to help you win your claim. If you live in New York or the surrounding areas you can contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. at 1-800-Lawline (1-800-529-5463) for a free consultation.  If you live in California or surrounding areas, you can contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of  Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer and Emanuel at 408-246-5500 for a free consultation. 

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