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Can You Sue Someone For Making A Bomb Threat?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

One of the unfortunate things about our society is the prevalence of destructive, antisocial behavior that is intended to terrorize regular citizens just going about their day. One recent example happened on October 9th, 2023, when a man who claimed to be armed with a bomb was arrested after he climbed the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. He was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, making a false bomb threat to authorities and resisting arrest, but fortunately police did not locate any explosives on his person. 

Despite the relatively positive outcome of this situation, that man’s behavior could have caused a panic which could have resulted in injuries or deaths due to trampling or slipping and falling. Outrageous behavior can, in certain situations, be the grounds for a lawsuit if the location where the bomb threat occurred has been warned about this kind of behavior in the past and failed multiple times to prevent future occurrences.

What does it take for someone to have a successful lawsuit against someone that made a bomb threat?

In some cases, bomb threats tend to happen more often in some places than others. For example, airports, schools, and government offices are frequent targets of bad actors trying to scare others or create havoc and the FBI and homeland security regularly deal with the individuals who commit these acts in regards to criminal charges, but what about the regular people at these buildings who were led to believe that their lives were in immediate danger? 

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A civil lawsuit against the individual will usually be fruitless, however, sometimes these situations happen so often that the organizations and companies that run these places should be aware that this is a safety risk that is their responsibility and they should know to take steps to prevent or minimize these occurrences. 

It is vital when a situation like this occurs that the victims contact a personal injury attorney, like the team at J&Y Law Firm in Los Angeles, California to discuss the details of the case, such as the location where it occurred so we can determine if the operators of the location where the threat occurred have a history of similar events in the past and whether or not their security would have been adequate to respond to such a situation.

Get Help If You Have Been Terrorized By A Bomb Threat In California

While a bomb threat will hopefully never happen to you, if it does, you can rely on the experts at J&Y Law Firm to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit against the perpetrator or the venue where the situation occurred. We have years of experience and have recovered millions for our clients. Contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Let’s work together to help you get justice for the terrifying situation that you endured through no fault of your own.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.