A pretty-close-to-worst case scenario occurred last week while patrons celebrated the NBA Finals at a Miami sports bar last week-the bar’s deck collapsed out from beneath the crowd, plunging around 100 patrons into the water of Biscayne Bay.
According to injury estimates, dozens of people required treatment and at least two people suffered serious injuries.
Eyewitness accounts reported a sudden, loud sound just before the deck dropped into the bay. In the chaotic aftermath of the collapse, other bar-patrons stepped in to help rescue the victims. Fortunately, the water was only around four feet deep beneath the deck-otherwise the casualty toll might have been dramatically worse.
Authorities have not said what caused the collapse-but North Bay Village mayor Connie Kreps promised that the city would conduct an investigation into the causes. Depending on what this investigation reveals, the sports bar will likely be liable to the numerous victims of the collapse.
In the meantime, check back later this week for some speculation about some common premises liability issues that might have played a role.
Source: Fox Sports, “Florida sports bar deck collapses,” Associated Press, June 14, 2013