La Marque bar fight leads to lost eye, lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 13, 2010, 2:25pm

GALVESTON – A Galveston County man claims he lost his right eye during a fight at a La Marque bar two years ago and is suing the establishment and its owner.

Michael Schultz's suit against The Pig Pen and Janna Winstead, which was filed Oct. 8 in Galveston County District Court, alleges that the complainant's injuries "were caused by a lack of sufficient security to control the brawl between the patrons of the establishment."

The fight in question occurred on Oct. 11, 2008, according to court documents.

 Schultz claims he was at The Pig Pen in La Marque with his brother and sister-in-law when an argument between four men escalated into a physical altercation at the back of the bar.

The plaintiff recognized one of the combatants as an acquaintance, so he stepped in and pulled the man away from the commotion, the suit says.

A bouncer then dispersed the group.

Later that night, Schultz helped his friend get to his vehicle and states the people from the fight were taunting them as they made their way through the parking lot. He states he was then struck in the face with a fireplace log.

The plaintiff was rushed to Hermann Memorial Hospital with the his right eye missing and fractures to his forehead, right cheekbone and nose, the suit says.

Schultz, who is representing himself in the case, states that the defendants neither notified authorities about the fight nor acted properly on the knowledge violence was about to ensue.

He seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 10-cv-3888

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