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College student suing bar for more than $3.7 million

According to court documents, a University of Oregon student is suing a Eugene bar. He claims the bar was negligent and caused him to lose all feeling in his hand.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 1:45 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 2:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A University of Oregon student is suing a popular tavern for more than $3.7 million.

Winston Martin claims Max's Tavern is responsible for an injury that caused him to lose the ability to use his left hand. The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 15th in the Lane County Circuit Court. 

According to court documents, Martin's injury made him unable to "pursue a host of attractive, lucrative careers," leading him to reassess his educational goals. Prior to the injury, Martin was planning on attending medical school.

Martin went to the bar with a friend on Jan. 18th, 2016. Court documents state that Martin was served four beers over the course of an hour, as well as a few free cocktails that the bartenders were learning how to make.

Another customer, seated next to Martin, ordered a margarita. According to the lawsuit, the bartender used a pint glass instead of the top of the shaker and was unable to separate the shaker from the pint glass. The bartender then handed it to Martin and asked if he could pull them apart.

Martin tried to separate the shaker and the glass cup but the glass shattered, slicing his hand and leaving a deep cut on his left index finger. The wound caused Martin to lose the sensation in his finger, according to the lawsuit.

The bartender repeatedly stated that he shouldn't have asked Martin for help and Martin went to the emergency room.

The lawsuit states that since the incident Martin has had stitches, physical therapy, and surgery to restore feeling in his finger. These treatments were "virtually inoperable. Martin only has minimal feeling in the finger and his hand remains in constant pain, the lawsuit states.

It is expected that Martin will not regain feeling in his finger and that the pain will be constant, according to court documents.

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