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Widow files lawsuit against restaurant

The widow of a man who died after he ate chicken strips from a fast food restaurant in Texas on Nov. 27, 2012, has filed a civil lawsuit against the company. The wrongful death case stems from an incident when he purchased the chicken at a drive-through that evening and ate it. During the early morning hours of Nov. 28, she woke up because he was sick. He eventually was on the floor in excruciating pain. He was transported to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. While there, he had a heart attack, but was resuscitated. He was released from the medical facility on Dec. 7 but returned twice for the same illness. On Dec. 12, he again collapsed in pain at home and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death was listed as a bacterial infection.

The wife further alleges that the restaurant has a history of not properly cooking food and other health violations that could have signified problems and caused the bacteria and subsequent infection. This type of infection comes from eating improperly cooked poultry. She is asking for payment of all related bills, medical and otherwise, along with punitive sanctions, and has obtained legal representation.

The defendants did not release a statement in the case. The restaurant, which was started in 1996, has dozens of outlets throughout Texas.

When a loved one dies from food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, family members might decide to hold the responsible parties accountable. A personal injury attorney might be able to seek payment for all medical costs and punitive sanctions in order to send a strong message to the defendant.

Source: Courthouse News, "Death Blamed on Bush's Chicken Strips", David Lee, January 08, 2014

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