Is there anything that I can do about a bar owner who physically pushed me out of the bar after I was assaulted by another patron?
Question Details: I was at a bar this weekend and another patron was buying me drinks and following me around. He asked if he could kiss me and I pointed to my cheek. He kissed my cheek and then kissed me on the mouth. I allowed it to happen and even kissed back reluctantly. He then proceeded to bite my neck several times and I pushed him away and said, "Ouch". It was witnessed by my friend and an off duty cop ended up calling the cops. After giving my statement they could not find the guy to get his statement. I then went back into the bar to find my friend. The bar owner yelled, "Get out of my bar" repeatedly but did not give me a reason why I was being kicked out. I found out it was because she thought I called the cops. She was also saying everyone saw me making out with the guy in an attempt to excuse the aggressive behavior of the guy who assaulted me. After asking her why I was being asked to leave, she and another bartender physically pushed me out of the bar even when my back was turned and I was already walking out. I am certain this is on surveillance. I started crying and just called a cab home. Is there anything that I can do? A report was already filed with the police but they could not find the guy. Emotional distress is difficult to prove in but I am not sure the behavior of the bar owner in response to a patron being assaulted would even fall under that category.
There is no compensation for emotional distress in a case like this, where there is no serious physical injury occompanying it. (The injuries have to be caused by the person you are suing, so the bites by another person do not count.) The law does not allow compensation for alleged emotional distress without injury since otherwise, it would too easy for *anyone* to claim that another person caused them distress, and there would be no way to control the resulting lawsuits.