Class action lawsuit responds to restaurant illnesses

A slick wet floor. A messy hallway. An old and uneven sidewalk. All of these things can cause an accident involving injury or permanent disability. Businesses and government institutions are always concerned with the safety of the people they serve, so any of these circumstances should be addressed immediately.

The most common cause of a premises injury, and therefore, a premises liability lawsuit, is a slip and fall due to uneven or cluttered walking paths. However, illness as well as injury may result from the negligence of a business, its manager or its employees.

A restaurant chain with locations in Kentucky and Tennessee allegedly caused an outbreak of Hepatitis A. Customers at two or more restaurants were exposed to the virus causing liver illness during February 2018. At least four victims have filed a lawsuit against the chain.

A public health advisory in local counties encouraged other people who dined at the same restaurants to obtain a Hepatitis A vaccine, although it is largely ineffective after 15 days of carrying the virus. Other restaurants in the area also reportedly exposed customers to the illness, resulting in cases across the region.

The lawsuit, a class action case, is open to others affected by the outbreak. The suit seeks reimbursement of plaintiffs' medical expenses, punitive damages and compensation for future medical requirements among other costs and fees.

Legal counsel is often recommended to the victims of premises injury or illness. Lawsuits are useful for rectifying injuries and convincing business operators to avoid negligence in the case of dangerous conditions. An attorney can help assemble and file one.

Source: Greatreporter.com, "Hepatitis A Outbreak: Victims File a Lawsuit Against Waffle House," March 21, 2018

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