Bar patrons who claim they were never carded sue tavern

Jon Campisi Jul. 12, 2011, 7:20pm

A city bar that admitted two underage patrons is being sued by the patrons themselves, who allege that a physical altercation that the two became involved in while inside the tavern would have never happened had they been carded prior to entering.

Philadelphia attorney Todd Edward Henry, of The Henry Law Firm, filed the personal injury lawsuit July 11 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against the Sheffield Tavern, LLC.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Philadelphia residents Richard Jones and Ryan Stratton.

According to the civil action, the two plaintiffs were admitted to the bar, located at 4501-03 Sheffield Avenue, on Dec. 18, 2010, without being asked for photo identification.

Once inside the bar, Jones and Stratton became involved in a physical altercation, and, as a result, suffered “severe and serious injuries,” including, but not limited to, head trauma, blurred vision and mental trauma, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit does not specify whether the two got into a physical altercation with each other, or other bar patrons.

Jones and Stratton have incurred various medical bills due to their respective injuries.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of negligence in permitting underage patrons into the tavern, unreasonably exposing plaintiffs to a dangerous and unsafe condition and failing to properly supervise the activities of its agents, servants, workmen and/or employees.

The plaintiffs pray for judgment in their favor against the defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus delay damages, attorney’s fees and other court-related expenses as deemed just and reasonable.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for arbitration in mid March.

The case number is 110700776.

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