Patron alleges bar operators, employees, customers caused injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 19, 2016

HUNTINGTON — A Mason County man is suing a Huntington bar and its patrons, alleging their negligence caused the plaintiff to be wounded by a gun shot.

Roger Lee Trippett of Glenwood filed a lawsuit Sept. 12 in the Cabell Circuit Court against Whiskey Rocks, Steven Daniel Lynch, John B. Flint, Timothy Paul Miller, Damon Shawn Bailes, et al, alleging failure to maintain a peaceful environment.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 13, 2014, Trippett was a patron at Whiskey Rocks bar in Huntington when an altercation took place followed by a series of gun shots from the defendants. In an attempt to escape the gunfire, the suit says, Trippett made his way to the exit but before reaching the door, he was struck in the abdomen by one of the gun shots caused by the defendants. 

The lawsuit states Trippett sustained injuries resulting in paralysis and medical expenses, plus losing the ability to join life. The plaintiff alleges Whiskey Rocks negligently trained and supervised its employees, and the employees acted recklessly and disregarded the safety of their patrons.

Tripplett seeks trial by jury, judgment, jointly and severally for his injuries, plus punitive damages and all other relief deemed appropriate by the court. He is represented by attorney Timothy L. Eves of Eves Law Firm PLLC in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 16-c-585

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