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If St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Turn to Assault and Injury

By Hess & Nghiem on March 5, 2024

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, when Americans celebrate their Irish heritage, and urban Orange County is awash with green: green clothes and glasses, green beer, green leprechauns, and shamrocks. As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. While St. Patrick’s Day is a much-loved celebration for many, it is also one of the biggest drinking holidays in the States. Unfortunately, a few too many drinks often lead to assault and personal injury.

Understanding St. Patrick’s Day Assaults

During the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, which often span more than one weekend in March and come to a head on March 17th each year, several factors contribute to an increased likelihood of being assaulted. Some of these points include:

  • Increased alcohol consumption. For many, binge drinking, drinking games, and pub crawling are an integral part of celebrating the holiday.
  • Crowded events and public spaces. With parades, street closures, or just crowded sidewalks between bars, intoxicated people are often forced into proximity with others.
  • Elevated emotions and tensions. Things can get a little exciting, competitive, or downright aggressive between bar patrons.

Types of St. Patrick’s Day Assaults

During St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, there are a couple of ways assault can happen, neither of them good:

  • Physical assaults. Things can get rowdy in the bar or club after a few people drink too much. Even if you are not involved, you may get injured by hurled fists, broken glass, or toppled furniture.
  • Sexual assaults. People tend to be more vulnerable when they are intoxicated. Partners or strangers intent on sexual abuse may take the opportunity to cause harm.

Preventative Measures

Here are some tips for personal safety this St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Drink in moderation.
  • Pick a designated driver ahead of time or use a ridesharing service.
  • If you walk in the evening, be alert and go in groups.
  • Stick to well-lit public areas; avoid dark alleys.
  • If you see trouble developing, stay out of the way and do not get involved.
  • Call the police if you witness a fight or assault in progress.

Legal Recourse for Assault Victims

Despite all efforts at precaution, assault does happen. If you have been assaulted, you have the legal right to seek damages to cover the cost of your pain and suffering. After being assaulted, you must seek medical attention. Visiting a doctor will also help document your injuries. As soon as you are physically able, and if not done before, you should file a report with the police giving the specifics. A medical evaluation can later be used as evidence in your claim for compensation.

Pursuing Compensation

Assault is a type of personal injury. An experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the necessary steps to claim the compensation you deserve. A personal injury attorney can help you identify responsible parties, document the damage caused, both economic (financial) and non-economic (mental or emotional), and file an appropriate claim. Your attorney can also take your case to court to fight for your rights if required.

Stay Safe with HN Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been assaulted and hurt, our attorneys at HN Injury Lawyers can help you stand up for your rights. We are compassionate about our clients and will do everything in our power to win you maximum compensation so that you can focus on your recovery. We’ve helped countless others, and we want to hear your story. Call us today to discuss your case for free: (657) 333-5726.

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