Attack at Knotty Pines Tavern leads to injury suit

Kelly Holleran Aug. 29, 2011, 3:10am


A Monroe County man claims he suffered a great deal of pain and anguish after a patron at a St. Clair County bar attacked him.

Nathan C. Frischkorn filed a lawsuit Aug. 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Karban Enterprises doing business as Karban's Knotty Pines Tavern, Jeff R. Karban and Terry A. Webb.

In his complaint, Frischkorn claims he was a guest at Karban's on Aug. 14, 2010, when Webb attacked and beat him in the face and body. Webb assaulted Frischkorn after being served intoxicating beverages at Karban's, according to the complaint.

Because of the attack, Frischkorn was hindered from attending to his normal duties, lost wages and experienced pain and anguish, according to the complaint. In addition, he incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Frischkorn places partial blame for his attack on Karban's and owner Jeff Karban, alleging the tavern negligently failed to provide him with a safe place, failed to inspect its premises, failed to warn him of the unsafe condition of the tavern and failed to provide adequate supervision, among other negligent acts.

He also names Webb as a defendant, saying he never consented to Webb's harmful conduct.

In his six-count complaint, Frischkorn seeks a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Mark C. Scoggins and Clay B. St. Clair of Crowder and Scoggins in Columbia will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-445.

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