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Victim's Family Lawsuit Against Dallas Bar Alleges Bar was Overcrowded and Understaffed

Larry Lease

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Family of Dallas man who died after falling from rooftop is taking legal action.Scott Rodgerson/Unsplash

A 25-year-old man who died after falling from a rooftop bar in Old East Dallas has led to his family filing a suit against the bar, alleging the bar was overcrowded and understaffed. According to the Dallas News, Christopher Hill's family was seeking a temporary restraining order against 77 Degrees. Christopher Hill was celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the bar when he fell over the third-floor railing.

WFAA reports Hill suffered massive injuries and bleeding in the brain, which led to his death. The suit alleges the railing was too low. The suit was filed in Dallas County District Court this week. The family's attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel described Christopher as a hard-working, caring, and cautious young man.

Dallas News reported that the family's attorney had previously requested access to the property on North Henderson Avenue, but was initially denied, which led to the temporary restraining order. Attorneys for both parties came to an agreement on accessing the property.

According to Dallas News, the suit alleges 77 Degrees failed to exercise ordinary care and that the bar's negligence caused Hill's death. The bar's owners and employees offered their condolences to Mr. Hill's family.

WFAA reports the bar's lawyer said in a statement that the bar was cooperating with law enforcement and attorneys. He also said that the bar wasn't negligent and employs a well-trained staff that includes security personnel, which is made up of off-duty police officers. The bar opened in 2019 and has three locations across Texas: one in Houston and one in Austin.

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