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Suit claims bar employee severely injured patron

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 3:50 p.m. CDT

An area man has filed a lawsuit against a Gardner bar in connection with a 2010 incident in which he claims a bar employee struck him multiple times in the face, causing disabling injuries.

The suit was filed Sept. 13 in the Grundy County Circuit Court by James Driggers against the bar, Vino’s Bar & Grill, Inc.; the employee, Donald Ragain; and Catherine A. Pettavino, individually and as owner of the establishment.

In seven counts, Driggers alleges battery, negligence and negligent supervision. He claims that on Sept. 18, 2010, Ragain forcibly removed him from the establishment, which is located at 120 Depot Street in Gardner, then intentionally punched him several times in the face with his fists.

The suit says Driggers suffered injuries to his head, face, bones and nervous system as a result, becoming “sick, sore and disabled,” all of which have continued.

Driggers claims negligence on behalf of Vino’s Bar & Grill, Inc. and Pettavino, stating they did not prevent Ragain from physically harming Driggers and did not fulfill their duty to supervise an employee.

Driggers is seeking at minimum $50,000 in damages for medical and other expenses associated with his injuries and future loss of earnings.

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