Man blames nightclub for stabbing injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 10, 2015

CHARLESTON – A man is suing Impulse Night Club after he claims he was injured while he was a patron at the club.

Janet Amores and Western Heritage Insurance also were named as defendants in the suit.

On Dec. 15, 2012, in the early morning hours, Larry Martin entered Impulse Night Club. About 10 minutes later, he was stabbed multiple times in the back and shoulder by another patron, according to a complaint filed Dec. 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Martin claims the stabbings caused him severe lacerations, both deep and superficial, as well as other injuries.

The defendants knew or should have known that it was reasonably foreseeable that the sale of alcoholic beverages in the early morning hours on a weekend night was likely to increase physical alterations and/or violence to its patrons at its establishment, according to the suit.

Martin claims the defendants also knew or should have known that it was reasonably foreseeable that a patron of its establishment may carry dangerous weapons inside its establishment.

The defendants recklessly and/or negligently failed to reasonably protect Martin from reasonably foreseeable dangers and/or by their actions, inactions or omissions, according to the suit.

Martin claims the defendants unreasonably created or increased the risk of injury from the criminal activity of a third party by failing to provide adequate and/or responsive security measures and/or by failing to properly warn him of the dangers when entering the establishment.

On Feb. 15, 2013, after a history of violence, Amores voluntarily surrendered the liquor license for Impulse, according to the suit.

Western Heritage, Impulse's insurer, denied Martin's claims for coverage, according to the suit.

Martin is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Richard E. Hardison Jr.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 14-C-2186

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