River North bar hit with negligence suit over alleged attack

By Bethany Krajelis | Jul 16, 2013

A Richton Park man has filed a lawsuit against a River North bar and restaurant in connection with his claim that a fellow patron attacked him.

In his July 9 complaint, Jared Lonie accuses Eat Well, Drink Better Inc. – which does business as English at 444 N. LaSalle Blvd. – of being negligent and violating the Illinois Dram Shop Act.

Lonie asserts that he was at English on Sept. 2, 2012, when he was attacked and injured by “an unknown assailant.”

He contends that English was negligent when it chose not to properly control or eject the alleged assailant from its premises and failed to properly train, monitor and supervise its employees, among other allegations.

As a direct and proximate result of English’s negligence, Lonie asserts that he “has been injured, damaged and incapacitated” and has and will continue to incur costs for “hospital, medical, nursing, rehabilitative and related services and treatment.”

Lonie also contends he will lose future “profits, wages and earnings” and will “suffer pain, disability, disfigurement and inconvenience” as a result his injuries and conditions.

The suit does not describe Lonie’s injuries and conditions are except for saying they are “permanent.”

In addition to negligence, the suit includes a count under the Dram Shop Act in that English sold and served the alleged attacker alcoholic beverages that resulted in his intoxication, which Lonie asserts was the cause of his injury.

The Dram Shop Act basically allows businesses that sell liquor and owners of premises where liquor is sold to be sued for an injury caused by an intoxicated person.

Lonie’s suit seeks more than $50,000 on each count, plus costs.

Benjamin Crane of Coplan & Crane Ltd. in Oak Park represents Lonie.

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