Restaurant blamed for injuries from customer's fainting episodes

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A patron is suing Sienna Mercato LLC, Gemini Holdings Inc., and Daniel Minnicks, restaurant operators, citing alleged negligence.

Jeffrey Snyder filed a complaint on Sept. 19 against the defendants, alleging they negligently disregarded his physical and medical well-being.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 17, 2017 he was with his friends waiting to board an elevator to ascend to defendants' drinking establishment known as Il Tetto when he fainted. As a result of defendants' negligent acts, his head hit the ground in a second fainting episode, the suit says.

He suffered severe fracture to his head, requiring a craniectomy and bone replacement surgery on his skull, the suit says The plaintiff holds Sienna Mercato LLC, Gemini Holdings Inc. and Daniel Minnicks responsible because Minnicks physically grabbed him and forcibly escorted him out of the front door of Sienna Mercato and left him unattended.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount exceeding compulsory arbitration limits and all other damages allowed by law. He is represented by Matthew Scanlon and Timothy Grant Wojton of Scanlon & Wojton LLC in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas Case number 18-012101.

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