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Delaware man files assault claim against Pennsylvania bar for injuries caused by bouncers

By Jon Campisi | Nov 29, 2014

A Delaware man is suing a Pennsylvania bar, alleging he sustained serious bodily injuries after bouncers working for the establishment assaulted him during an encounter last spring.

Philadelphia attorneys Louis T. Silverman and John R. Trotman, Jr., of the law firm of Silverman Trotman & Schneider, LLC, filed the civil claim Sept. 27 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of Curtis Hughart of New Castle, DE.

The defendant listed in the federal complaint is The Deck At Harbor Pointe, located in Essington, Pa.

According to the civil action, Hughart was a business invitee of the defendant back on May 30, 2010, when he was “punched, kicked and otherwise assaulted, without provocation,” by employees of the defendant, including several bouncers.

Hughart suffered serious bodily injuries that may be permanent in nature, the lawsuit claims, although it doesn’t specify the exact nature of the injuries.

The lawsuit also does not give an account leading up to the alleged incident.

The suit does state that Hughart has had to spend various sums of money on medical attention to care for his injuries, and that his injuries have caused him to be unable to perform his daily duties, chores and occupations, and that he has lost wages because of his inability to work.

Furthermore, the lawsuit claims, Hughart has suffered physical pain, aches, fear, mental anguish, humiliation, inconvenience and a loss of life’s pleasures as a result of the incident.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of carelessness and negligence for hiring under-qualified bartenders and bouncers, failing to check into the psychological backgrounds of those the defendant hires, failing to supervise and/or appropriately discipline employees with dispositions toward violent activities, having inadequate or non-existent enforcement of policies relating to physical contact with patrons, failing to have in place policies relating to physical contact with patrons, failing to keep the business orderly and well policed, and failing to ensure that the plaintiff was reasonably and properly protected from assault.

Hughart demands judgment in his favor in a sum not in excess of $150,000, plus attorney’s fees, costs and expenditures, sums, delay damages, pre-and-post-judgment interest and other court relief deemed reasonable.

A jury trial is not being demanded.

The federal case number is 2:11-cv-06064-RB.

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