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Clifton Hall Injured In Attack At Clancy’s Sports Bar In Covina That Fractured His Skull

Sep 24, 2018

National Guard Staff Sgt. Clifton Hall Sustained Major Head Injury After Being Attacked With Bear Mug In Bathroom at Clancy’s Sports Bar In Covina

 COVINA, CALIFORNIA (September 23, 2018) – A California National Guard Staff Sgt. identified as Clifton Hall was seriously injured after he was viciously attacked with a beer mug in the bathroom of Clancy’s Sports Bar.

Covina police have arrested two men and one woman associated with the attack.

Clifton Hall previously played pool with the suspect shortly before the assault. A video of thee attack shows one of the assailants entering the bathroom with a beer mug in his hand.

Shortly after the assault one of the assailants can be seen exiting the bathroom with a beer mug.

Covina police are saying that Clifton Hall sustained a major head injury following the assault. The victim fears that his time with the National Guard may end as a result of the injury.

The suspects were all booked at a local jail and are currently being charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

An investigation into the attack remains ongoing at this time.

Preventing Violence at Bars and Nightclubs

Generally speaking, there is a strong association between alcohol and violence. For the most part this is true, but a qualitative study of alcohol and violence in nightlife and party settings published by the NCBI shows that the link is more complicated than initially thought. Situational factors and cultural norms regarding how to behave while drinking can be stronger predictors of violence than the psychopharmacological properties of alcohol.

Simply put, alcohol loosens peoples inhibitions and may heighten emotions related to violence. But the same people are more willing to forgive real or perceived slights if they believe the other party is intoxicated. The scientists suggest that this should be taken into consideration when developing strategies to curb violence. Here are a few other ways that violence can be reduced at nightclubs and bars:

  • Physical Environment: Dirty premises, crowding and discomfort (i.e., smoky air, lack of seats) can all increase the likelihood of a fight.

  • Social Environment: Illegal activities like drug dealing and prostitution can ramp up violence. Likewise, permissive environments where social norms are not clearly understood can contribute to violence.

  • Staff: Employees of a bar or nightclub should be trained in deescalating potential conflicts. Staff should have general and specific roles (e.g., security).

  • External Environment: Geographically isolated bars or nightclubs are more likely to have problems with violence than those in highly populated areas.

Assaults at bars and nightclubs can leave victims with devastating injuries and high medical bills. An experienced premises liability attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and let you know if you may be entitled to compensation.

Liability For Attacks and Injuries at Bars and Nightclubs

In order to win a personal injury claim against a bar or nightclub the plaintiff will need to show that the bar or nightclub was negligent in some way. Depending on the location of the bar it may have a greater or lesser need to provide security. A bingo club that serves drinks at a retirement community may not need security. A nightclub in a high crime area will probably need heightened security. Moreover, if there is a history of violence at a particular business that will also increase the property owners need to take steps to keep guests safe from crime. The plaintiff should also investigate whether any potential laws were broken. California, for example, has very limited Dram Shop laws that prohibit serving minors.

When a bar is on notice that  there is a confrontation brewing between two guests staff should take reasonable measures to deescalate the situation. In Delgado v. Trax Bar & Grill (2005) 36 Cal.4th 224 the California Supreme Court held that the bar owner had a duty of care to the plaintiff based on their “special relationship.” In reaching their conclusion the court pointed out there has been a long-standing tradition that restaurant owners have to at least take simple measures to help customers. Business owners must provide “assistance [to] their customers who become ill or need medical attention and that they are liable if they fail to act.”  (Breaux v. Gino’s, Inc. (1984) 153 Cal.App.3d 379, 382). Victims of an assault at a bar or nightclub may be able to file a premises liability claim in order to recover damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact our brain injury lawyer Los Angeles today.  

Getting Help After An Assault at A Bar

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our good wishes to National Guard Staff Sgt. Clifton Hall. What happened at this bar is completely senseless and horrific. We encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to come forward and speak with investigators for the sake of the victim. The wrongdoers need to be held accountable. Hopefully this bar will put into effect additional security measures to prevent this from happening again.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an assault at a sports bar or nightclub you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers will fight hard to get you the best medical coverage possible and every penny that you deserve.  We’ve won over 1 billion dollars for our clients and are dedicated solely to personal injury law. Whether you just have questions about your rights ore are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. David Goguen. Bar or Nightclub Liability for Fight Injuries. 2018

  2. Chuck Geerhart. Don’t Get Beaten Up By An Assault Case. 2014

  3. NBC Los Angeles Staff. Three Arrested in Beer Mug Attack That Fractured Man’s Skull at Covina Sports Bar. September 21, 2018

  4. Ross Homel. Preventing violence in and around bars, pubs and clubs. May 12, 2012

  5. Pedersen W. Alcohol and violence in nightlife and party settings: A qualitative study. 2016

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