Plaintiff v. Local Bar: Closed Head Injury, Negligence, Future Medical Care

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The plaintiff was a patron at a local bar. He attempted to re-enter the bar with a lit cigarette when an employee prevented him from coming back into the bar. Plaintiff fell backwards and struck his head causing severe injuries. He was transported to St. Luke's hospital where he underwent numerous procedures over seven days, incurring $118,532.75 in medical bills.

At the judge tried case, plaintiff presented expert testimony from Patrick Quinn, security expert, about the proper manner to prevent such injuries. He discussed a written security training manual, pre-work training and proper supervision. Nurse Sheryl Bunce, a certified life care planner, offered expert testimony that the plaintiff will need future medical care in the amount of $578,666.00.

The judge determined that the bar was liable for the negligence and ordered it to pay $3,750,000. The insurance company failed to defend this case and the trial proceeded under a Section 537.065 agreement, pursuant to Missouri Statute. The plaintiff agreed to only collect the judgment against the bar's insurance carrier.

M. Blake Heath, Trial Attorney, LLC/Premise Liability

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