Attorney says bouncer injured man during concert

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

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ATLANTA - A metro man said he went to a concert, had a run-in with a bouncer and ended up spending the next two weeks in an intensive care unit.

Bryce Durham, an attorney representing Jose Luis Manzera, said he plans to sue.

"When we first met him he didn't know his own age or his kids’ names," said Durham.

Manzera was injured Aug. 16. He spent the next two weeks hooked up to machines and in and out of a coma at Grady Hospital.

Durham said Manzera was trying to high-five the lead singer of the band performing on stage when a bouncer threw him to the ground.

Video and pictures from that night show Manzera laying on his back looking dazed and confused.

"The bouncer grabbed him and threw him down on the ground. He struck is head and actually had a seizure," Durham said.

Manzera's wife was with him that day. She doesn't speak English. In Spanish she told Channel 2 Action News how her life has been turned upside down.

Manzera spent two weeks at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was discharged in late August but will have to return in a few weeks for surgery because of brain bleeding.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield reached the owner of the club on the phone and met the manager at the facility. Both said their bouncer did nothing wrong.

The manager also said Manzera injured his side and not his head.

A Brookhaven police spokesperson said his agency is investigating what happened and detectives plan to present their case to the District Attorney’s Office.

"I think the bouncer was way out of line and basically used excessive force," said Durham.

So far, Manzera has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Durham plans to file a lawsuit next week.



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