Patron claims bar help smashed bottle on his arm and body

Kelly Holleran Jan. 19, 2009, 8:12am

A man who was hit with a bottle while standing in the doorway of a bar has filed suit against the bar.

Geoffrey Q. Lancey was standing in the doorway of Blues on Main in Collinsville on June 27 when an employee who was fighting with another person smashed a bottle across Lancey's arm and body, according to the complaint filed Jan. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

"At all relevant times: Employee was acting in the scope of his employment; Employee was not provoked by Plaintiff; and Plaintiff was an invitee of Defendant," the suit states.

Because of the incident, Lancey's arm muscles, ligaments, membranes, nerves and blood vessels were displaced, bruised, cut, torn and injured and their functions were impaired, the suit states.

He also alleges he suffered pain, has incurred medical expenses, has lost money from his usual occupation and his future earning capacity has been damaged.

Blues on Main was negligent by managing a business that allowed an employee to injure Lancey, by failing to safely control its premises and through the actions of its employee, according to the complaint.

In the two-count suit, Lancey is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

Chris Kolker of Kolker Law Offices in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0016.

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