$7,900,000 Awarded in Wrongful Death Suit

$7,900,000 Awarded in Wrongful Death Suit

Ausband & Dumont recently represented the family of Gregory Ryan Gilliam, a twenty-two year old patron of Irish Bred Pub and Grill in McDonough, Georgia, who was stabbed to death on the night of March 8, 2009, in an altercation with an off-duty “bouncer” at the bar. The bar’s security personnel, which was already inadequately staffed, failed to take the steps necessary in order to prevent the confrontation and protect Ryan’s life; indeed, in spite of knowledge among other security personnel that the off-duty “bouncer,” Charles Edward Brown, was both armed with a knife and acting aggressively towards Ryan and his party, he was never even escorted from the bar or asked to leave the premises.

According to the plaintiffs, Ryan’s death was directly attributable to negligence on the part of security personnel at the bar, as well as negligence on the part of ownership in failing to provide adequate security staff. At the time of the tragedy, Ryan was working for his father’s construction company, which was intended to be passed to him when his father retired at the age of 55. Given the company’s current and past earnings, Ryan would have been expected to earn a six-figure salary by his early thirties as head of the company. Ryan was also engaged to be married to Ruth Goins, and the couple had purchased a house together with the intention of raising a family.

In order to compensate Ryan’s surviving family for their losses, including the costs of Ryan’s funeral as well as the lost future income that he would have earned, Hon. Judge Michael Garret of the State Court of Clayton County ruled in favor of the plaintiffs for a verdict of $7,900,000.