Em's Tavern patron claims he was struck in head with beer bottle

By The Madison County Record | Dec 16, 2014

A man says he suffered severe and extensive injuries to his face after a bar patron allegedly struck him with a beer bottle.

Terry G. Hamon filed a lawsuit Dec. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Justin Laumbattus doing business as Em's Tavern, Brian Laumbattus and Christina Branham.

In his complaint, Hamon alleges he was vising Em's Tavern at 907 N. Main St. in Marissa on June 3, 2013, when patron Mark Marshall crept behind him and hit the right side of his head with a beer bottle. Just prior to the incident, Marshall asked Branham, who was bartending, to "forgive me for what I am about to do," the suit states.

Because of the incident, Hamon suffered severe injuries to his face, head, ear and right eye and endured disability, the complaint says. He also alleges he incurred medical costs, experienced extreme pain and suffering, lost wages and became permanently scarred.

Hamon names Branham and the bar's owners as defendants, saying they negligently failed to provide adequate security on the premises, failed to provide bartenders who could have prevented the attack, failed to train employees to take appropriate action, allowed Marshall to advance without warning on Hamon and allowed Marshall to remain on the premises even though he had been drinking whiskey all night.

Hamon seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Attorney Rhonda D. Fiss of Belleville will represent Hamon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-771.

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