The family of a Lehigh County man who died after a Christmas Day fall at an Allentown strip club is suing the bar, alleging negligence.

Gerald Dougherty's family allege that even though he was drunk, employees at Platinum Plus continued to serve him alcoholic drinks after he went to the club Christmas Eve, according to LehighValleyLive.comLater, they took him outside and propped him against a wall without calling a cab or helping him when he fell.

They are asking for more than $50,000, including medical and funeral expenses, in the suit against KWLT LLC, the South Carolina business that operates Platinum Plus. The family claims the club violated the state's dram shop laws by continuing to serve Dougherty while he was visibly intoxicated.

Allentown EMS arrived at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 25  and found Dougherty, 56, unconscious. He had fixed and dilated pupils. His injuries included bleeding on his skull and brain, skull fractures, a cut on his scalp, and bruises on his torso and extremities. Dougherty's blood alcohol count was 0.20 percent — more than double the legal limit to drive, according to the story.

He later died at a hospital.

Matthew Croslis, the lawyer representing the club's owners, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.