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On July 22, 2012, plaintiff Joshua Matthews was at Pete's Bar in Neptune Beach, FL. An altercation between customers broke out near the front door of the bar, and Joshua was punched, causing his head to strike the ground. Joshua suffered a traumatic brain injury, vision loss, partial paralysis, and partial loss of speech, among other injuries, as a result.
Plaintiff filed a complaint on May 17, 2013, against defendant Jensens Liquor Store, owner of Pete's Bar, in the Circuit Court of Duval County, FL. Plaintiff claimed that defendant was negligent in failing to provide adequate security and failing to properly train its bouncers. Defendant claimed that plaintiff himself was negligent in that he was drunk and could have avoided the fight. Plaintiff asserted injuries including a traumatic brain injury causing limited speech (severe expressive aphasia); right-side vision loss; weakness; mobility challenges; seizures; cognitive deficits; pain and suffering; lost wages; and loss of earning capacity.
The action proceeded to a jury trial before Judge Tatiana Salvador. On Oct. 31, 2016, the jury returned a verdict awarding plaintiff $ 18,740,000 in damages, including $ 1,300,000 for past medical expenses; $ 5,000,000 for future medical expenses; $ 90,000 for past lost earnings; $ 1,350,000 for future lost earnings; $ 8,000,000 for past pain and suffering; and $ 3,000,000 for future pain and suffering. The jury found defendant 60% at fault, and plaintiff 40% at fault. The verdict amount was prior to reduction for plaintiff's comparative negligence.
Plaintiff was represented by Michael Pajcic, Stephen J. Pajcic, Robert J. Link, Raymond P. Reid, and Benjamin E. Richard of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, FL. Defendant was represented by Joseph T Kissane and Blake H. Cole of Cole, Scott & Kissane in Jacksonville, FL.
Lexis Advance subscribers may view the complete summary, including expert information, here: Joshua Matthews v. Jensens Liquor Store, Inc. d/b/a Pete's Bar; 2016 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 8287
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