It also claims negligence, saying they "ignored Immesberger's disease, they fueled it by over-serving him alcohol to the point of severe intoxication and then sending him out to his auto to drive home".
The lawsuit contends that Herman, the restaurant's general manager, "personally knew Immesberger, specifically recruited him to work at The Woods and was well aware of Immesberger's habitual abuse of alcohol".
TMZ reports the lawsuit was filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, and that the family wants Woods, Herman and the restaurant to cover medical and funeral expenses, as well as "other appropriate damages". It alleges that the restaurant's employees, managers and owners allowed the 24-year-old man to drive after being over-served alcohol.
Woods is now preparing to play the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, this week. "He continued, "A awful ending and just we feel bad for him and his entire family". His blood alcohol level was more than three times over the legal limit for driving at the time of his death.
The lawsuit alleges that, "Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of alcohol to Immesberger".
The lawsuit, brought by Immesberger's parents, said he finished his bartending shift at 3 p.m. and then sat at the bar drinking for several hours. "It was a bad night, a awful ending". He claimed, however, that Woods was aware of Immesberger's addiction to alcohol.
Tiger Woods might be in the middle of a career renaissance with a 2019 Masters win under his belt and a PGA Championship within reach, but legal controversy has arisen away from the golf course. He later died after losing control of his auto and swerved across three lanes of highway traffic before going airborne and landing in a grassy patch, according to Florida Highway Patrol, per the Palm Beach Post.
This was not Immesberger's only incident with alcohol at The Woods Jupiter.
Immesberger also had been involved in another alcohol-related crash in November, the suit adds.
"Just like he ignored his own problem for years, he and his girlfriend chose to ignore this problem that his own employee had", attorney Spencer Kulvin said of Woods and Herman.
Woods spoke to the media on Tuesday from Farmingdale, N.Y., where he's preparing for the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday.