A Galveston County man is suing a coworker, their employer and a privately owned community in Galveston after he alleges the coworker attacked him with a metal bar.
Duane A. Farner filed a lawsuit Nov. 18 in Galveston County District Court against Trius Janitorial Systems, PWH Hospitality, doing business as Pointe West Beach Club, and Althea L. Cooper of Galveston, alleging negligence, gross negligence, and negligence per se.
On June 8, the suit states, while Farner and Cooper were in the scope of their employment with Trius on the premises of Pointe West in Galveston County, Cooper intentionally attacked Farner with a metal bar. The complaint says Farner did not provoke the attack.
The suit further alleges Pointe West and Trius were negligent in failing to provide adequate security, failing to warn of an impending criminal attack, failing to take reasonable steps to defuse a dangerous situation, and in the negligent hiring, retaining, training, and/or supervising of Cooper, among other negligent acts or omissions.
As a result, the suit says, the plaintiff sustained serious bodily injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement, loss of wages and earning capacity, and medical expenses.
Farner seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, including damages, penalties, costs, expenses, interests and attorney fees. He is represented by attorneys John A. Daspit, Robert Morse and Michael L. Grinsfelder of Daspit Law Firm in Houston.
Galveston County District Court case number 15-cv-1233.