Dram Shop; Barroom Brawl; Spleen Operation

Style of Case: Michael Rae vs. The Dawg Haus Bar, Inc.
Client:    The Dawg Haus Bar, Inc.
Trial End Date:   7/17/2008
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Dram Shop and Negligence
Judge:    The Honorable Nicholas G. Byron
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Michael C. Hobin
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff, a patron at The Dawg Haus Bar in rural, northeast Madison County was injured when he attempted to break up a barroom brawl. He filed a claim under the Dram Shop Act claiming an intoxicated person caused his injuries and that defendant contributed to cause the intoxication. Further, he sued for common law negligence claiming the defendant failed to provide adequate security.

Plaintiff sustained substantial blows for which surgery was performed on his spleen, and he was hospitalized for eight days incurring over $36,000 in medical expenses. The jury awarded plaintiff $100,080 in total damages under the dram shop claim. Thereafter, the Court reduced the dram shop award to $58,599.59 pursuant to the statutory limits for injury to the person. On the claim for negligent failure to provide adequate security, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant.

Last Demand:     
Verdict:    For Plaintiff on Dram Shop claim; Defense Verdict on Negligence Claim