Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Aggro Saddle Ridge Bouncer Pummels Patrons Pelvis

As a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer I often see negligent security arise in bars and clubs.  This occurs for a number of reasons.  Because bars are often working on a tight profit margin they constantly look to cut corners on cost.  As a result they often hire lower-paid untrained security personnel and bouncers.  Putting such employees in charge of handling patrons fueled by alcohol is a recipe for disaster and injury.

Another case of negligent security occurred in Pittsburgh in the matter of Troff v. Saddle Ridge Rock-n-Country Saloon.  On June 16, 2006, plaintiff Pat A. Troff, 30s, a plumber's apprentice, was a patron at the Saddle Ridge Rock-n-Country Saloon, a western-themed bar in Station Square, Pittsburgh, when he was  grabbed by bouncers and thrown from a stage. Troff said he was dancing on the saloon's stage when he was inexplicably of the bar's bouncers' ire.

The day after the incident Troff went to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis. Troff remained in the hospital for four days receiving treatment for the injury. Troff was then discharged and missed 12 weeks of work.

Troff sued Hold Fast Entertainment the company that owned Saddle Ridge Rock-n-Country Saloon and the company's owner, David P. Kelley, alleging the defendants were liable for assault and battery by the bouncers under a theory of negligent security and claimed personal injuries.  Plaintiff's counsel argued that Troff, who was sober at the time of the incident, was simply dancing on a stage with other patrons when, unprovoked, the bouncers grabbed Troff, threw him to the ground and started kicking him.
Plaintiff's counsel sought $7,200 for Troff's past medical bills, $9,811 for Troff's past lost wages and an unspecified amount for Troff's past pain and suffering damages.  Plaintiff's counsel also argued that Troff might develop arthritis later in life as a result of the injuries.

The defendants stipulated to liability.  Counsel for the defendant did not dispute Troff's injuries. The trial focused only on allocation of liability between the individual defendants.

After a single day of trial testimony, Judge Ronald W. Folino ruled in Troff's favor in the amount of $75,000.

Once again, this establishment could have avoided liability through better trained security personnel. Share this post :
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