Employee alleges seafood restaurant operator's negligent hiring led to beating

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 13, 2019

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing a Treasure Island seafood restaurant operator, alleging negligent retention and supervision led to the plaintiff being beaten.

Dylan Cook filed a complaint Jan. 28 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Dag Bros. inc., doing business as Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen, alleging the seafood restaurant operator failed to make an appropriate criminal background investigation of its employees.

According to the complaint, on May 1, 2017, Cook was working in the course and scope of his employment with Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen in Treasure Island when he was violently attacked, assaulted and battered by Christopher Diamond, a co-employee. The suit says Cook sustained bodily injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish and loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life. 

The plaintiff alleges Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen failed to hire and retain qualified, law-abiding, capable, mentally and emotionally fit and stable employees and that it should have been aware of problems in Diamond's past.

Cook seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interests, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorneys Paul Puzzanghera and Christopher L. Hamblen of Puzzanghera Law Offices in Clearwater.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 19-613-CI

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