A Texas man won an alcohol-related lawsuit against La Fogata Mexican Grill on claims that overdrinking caused an altercation with another customer.
Daniel Rawls was awarded $5.5 million by the Andrews County 109th District Court, according to the Houston Chronicle.
In an incident which took place in May 2019, Rawls alleges that the bar’s negligence in overserving him alcohol later caused him to be injured in an altercation with another customer.
The lawsuit was made up of five claims, including premises liability and negligence and damages arising from foreseeable criminal conduct.
Robert Henrickson is named as the other customer involved in the altercation. Rawls claimed to have sustained a “serious and debilitating” head injury after being assaulted by Henrickson.
La Fogata, owner Lourdes Galindo and an unnamed bartender are cited in the lawsuit as responsible for the injury, having over-served alcohol to both men and allowed them to leave the bar together.
Andrews County 109th District Court ruled in favour of Rawls in a default judgement, after the restaurant owner failed to respond to the suit or attend the hearing. The court did not rule on whether or not the claims were true.
According to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, La Fogata has 30 days to appeal the ruling if they intend to seek a new trial.
Rawls allegedly has a history of excessive drinking, according to the Houston Chronicle. Local jail records show he was arrested in February 2019 and May 2021 on charges of public intoxication.