CHARLESTON – Another man is suing Impulse Night Club for stabbing injuries he incurred while visiting the night club with his cousin.
Janet Amores and Western Heritage Insurance were also named as defendants in the suit.
On Dec. 15, 2012, Joe Lucas visited the night club with his cousin, Larry Martin, according to a complaint filed Dec. 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Lucas claims his cousin was stabbed multiple times in the back and shoulder and when he turned around to see what had happened to his cousin, he was also stabbed and/or hit with a hard object on the top of his head, causing severe lacerations and other injuries.
The night club had had numerous physical, violent altercations occur inside and outside of its premises in the past, that included the use of guns and/or knives, according to the suit.
Lucas claims 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.
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, according to the suit, and recklessly and/or negligently failed to reasonably protect Lucas from reasonably foreseeable dangers and/or by their actions, inactions or omissions.
Lucas 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.
Western Heritage, Impulse's insurer, denied Lucas's claims for coverage, according to the suit, and on Feb. 15, 2013, after a history of violence, Amores voluntarily surrendered the liquor license for Impulse.
Lucas 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 Carrie Webster.
Previously, Martin filed a separate lawsuit against the defendants for his own injuries that occurred the night of the stabbing.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 14-C-2185