Several fights outside of a downtown San Diego nightclub left a 20-year-old man with injuries that ultimately led to a fatal flesh-eating infection. Now, the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the club, and police have launched a criminal investigation.
The 20-year-old man reportedly died less than a week after the initial confrontation, which occurred March 4 outside Bassmnt, an adults-only club near Broadway and Fourth Avenue. In the autopsy report, released in early September, the county’s medical examiner determined the death was a homicide, resulting from the injuries the man suffered in the fight outside the club.
The District Attorney’s Office said it would not yet file charges, but could do so if presented with additional evidence. A law enforcement representative said that video of the incidents did not provide enough evidence of intent. However, the victim’s family members say in the wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of Bassmnt that the employees of the club beat him, causing the injuries that led to his infection and death. The infection was a form of necrotizing fasciitis, typically referred to as the “flesh-eating disease.”
Intent and negligence important
For the lawsuit to be successful, there would have to be clear negligence on the part of Bassmnt, including in the way bouncers handled the victim. The victim apparently hit a bouncer who was trying to keep him out of the club, which led to the fight breaking out.
In any wrongful death case, family members are required to demonstrate that negligent action (or inaction) on the part of the accused led to the death of the victim.
If a loved one has died due to the negligence or actions of another party, meet with a compassionate and skilled wrongful death attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire in San Diego.