James Scott Farrin Attorney Wins $850,000 in Trial for Client

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Attorney Kenneth Gondek of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin successfully argued a personal injury case in Wake County Superior Court. Gondek's client, Greg Little, who was beaten with a pool stick outside of the Cary Tavern and Grill in April 2003, was awarded damages on August 10th, 2007 totaling $850,000 after a jury decided the bar was responsible for the actions of Little's assailants.

We took a case we knew would be very difficult and would require really good legal work, and the result was a good decision

Attorney Kenneth Gondek of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin successfully argued a personal injury case in Wake County Superior Court (Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh, NC, case number 05 CVS 16852, Gregory Little v. Domegno, Inc. t/a Cary Tavern & Grill; et al.). Gondek's client, Greg Little, who was beaten with a pool stick outside of the Cary Tavern and Grill in April 2003, was awarded damages on August 10th, 2007 totaling $850,000 after a jury decided the bar was responsible for the actions of Little's assailants.

Mr. Little suffered multiple fractures and sustained permanent loss of sight in his left eye, leaving him with approximately $15,000 in medical expenses. Among the legal challenges of the case were proving Little did not instigate the confrontation and that the bar was responsible for his injuries.

"We took a case we knew would be very difficult and would require really good legal work, and the result was a good decision," Gondek said. "In this case, the only justice we could get Greg was money, and, fortunately, we got him a good amount of justice."

During the trial, Gondek argued the bar was liable because it was aware of the behavior of the men who did the beating, yet did not prevent the altercation from occurring.

"These guys had been kicked out of the bar in the past for fighting, and the prior owner had told them not to come back in the establishment," Gondek said. "The bartender had been there 15 years. She had knowledge about what kind of guys these were, that they were troublemakers and liked to fight."

The jury deliberated for about four-and-a-half hours before returning its verdict of $850,000. In addition, the bar is responsible for a portion of the costs invested in the trial as well as interest in the personal injury lawsuit, which was filed in December 2005, bringing the total owed to date at about $970,000.

"It was a difficult case," Gondek said, "but I thought it was a winnable case, and I thought it was worth a shot because of the damages Greg suffered as a result of the beating."

Mr. Gondek is a 1995 graduate of the Tulane University School of Law and has practiced law in the areas of personal injury and general civil litigation for the last seven years. He has taken well over 100 personal injury cases to trial over the course of his career.

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