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McDonald's sued for premises liability after alleged assault

Property owners and their tenants in New Hampshire must maintain premises that will provide reasonable safety to visitors. Store owners or managers who fail to protect the safety of customers can expect to face premises liability lawsuits. This is what happened after an alleged assault at a branch of McDonald's in another state.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff entered the store in the company of a friend. After placing their dinner order and receiving their food, they went to the seating area outside. The plaintiff alleges they barely sat down when they were subjected to a violent assault by several people, including employees of the defendant. She further alleges that the manager refused to call the police when she escaped inside to seek help.

Court documents show that the plaintiff also claims she was viciously punched when she returned to her friend's side. This apparently caused her to lose consciousness, and when she came to, the assault is said to have continued -- accompanied by the assailants laughing and capturing the attack on their mobile phones. She claims that among multiple injuries, she suffered a fractured jaw that needed surgical repair.

No resident of New Hampshire or any other state should be assaulted in premises that are open to the public. An experienced premises liability attorney can help an injured victim to pursue claims for financial relief. A lawyer can also determine what party or parties may be named as defendants in any resulting civil litigation. In this case, the plaintiff named the restaurant and its owner as defendants, along with the McDonald's parent company and the manager of the store.

Source:, "Woman assaulted in Pittsburgh McDonald's brawl says restaurant and manager did nothing to intervene", Nicholas Malfitano, Aug. 28, 2017

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