Beer distributor sued after employee alleges attack by co-worker

Kelly Holleran Dec. 17, 2008, 4:00am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against Del Papa Distributing Company Inc. and one of its employees, alleging he was attacked by the employee while working.

Richard Standifer was working on Dec. 14, 2006, at Del Papa, a beer distributor, in Orange when he claimed co-worker Brent Dyson caused Standifer to sustain injuries to his head, eye and body, according to the complaint filed Dec. 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

In addition to his injuries, Standifer has been forced to incur medical expenses and has experienced pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and loss of earnings, the suit states.

Dyson was negligent by injuring Standifer, by resorting to violence against Standifer, by creating an unsafe work environment and by assaulting Standifer, the suit states.

Del Papa was negligent by the manner in which it allowed work to be conducted, by creating a dangerous work environment for Standifer, by failing to correct a dangerous condition and by failing to warn Standifer that a dangerous condition existed, he claims.

The company also negligently failed to properly supervise its employees and employed Dyson, who was known for petulance and violence, according to the complaint.

Standifer is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional amounts of Jefferson County District Court, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which he may be entitled.

B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court.

Case No. E182-858

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