In December 2014, Gary Kidwell was infected with salmonella poisoning. He underwent several surgeries for salmonella sepsis, a condition where salmonella bacteria enters the blood and causes an inflammatory response throughout the entire body. In February 2015, Kidwell passed away.
Now, the family of Gary Kidwell are demanding justice for his death. This is where Boston Market comes in.
Salmonella infections and deaths are preventable if food is prepared correctly. Kidwell’s family has filed a negligence and wrongful death claim against Boston Market, and the lawyer for Gary Kidwell’s family has been working tirelessly to present evidence that Kidwell died from tainted turkey that he purchased at Boston Market.
Naturally, the restaurant denies the claim and has told the media that they “intend to vigorously defend” the claims made against them. If Kidwell’s lawyer wins, however, Boston Market could be in big trouble – and the family could receive compensation from the tragic loss.
What Is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is found in the guts and feces of animals. From here, it can be quickly spread to irrigation water, food ingredients, or tools for preparing food. Moreover, it can affect all different types of food – not just meats.
That’s why it’s important to properly prepare all types of food and do everything you can to kill germs while you are cooking. This includes:
Washing all fruits and vegetables before eating
Washing your hands, knives, cutting boards, and any other tools/surface that raw meat or eggs have touched
Keeping raw meats or eggs as separated as possible from other foods or surfaces
Cooking food thoroughly, following cooking directions, and making sure meat is cooked all the way through
Only consuming dairy or juice that has been pasteurized
Why Is the Family Trying to Hold Boston Market Accountable?
You know those signs in restaurant bathrooms that demand all employees should wash their hands before going back to work? One of the reasons for those signs is to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, including salmonella.
Two weeks after Kidwell was infected with salmonella, health inspectors visited the Boston Market location in question. They found nine violations, including an incident where an employee failed to wash their hands. Additionally, a hand-washing sink was being used for a “dump sink,” leaving employees at risk for getting salmonella even if they did wash their hands.
Nevertheless, Boston Market stands by its defense, saying that Kidwell’s lawyer has yet to produce the proof that there is a direct connection between Kidwell’s meal at Boston Market and his salmonella infection. Part of their argument: there were no other cases of salmonella reported the day that Kidwell ate at Boston Market.
What Does This Mean if You are Infected with Salmonella?
Remember, salmonella infections and deaths are preventable. If you eat at a restaurant and get food poisoning, report the incident to the restaurant and your local health department immediately. Quick reporting will help you in the long run if you need to file a negligence or wrongful death claim.
If the food poisoning ends up causing severe injury or death, you have options to receive compensation for medical damages, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering. Contact a Florida personal injury lawyer to talk further about making injury or wrongful death claims related to foodborne illnesses.
About the Author:
Steven Slootsky is a 1985 graduate of Nova Law School, which means he’s been a practicing Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer for more than 2 decades. He founded the Law Offices of The Injury Law Firm of South Florida in 1991. The Fort Lauderdale-based accident attorney is a member of the Florida Bar, as well as the Federal Bar for the Southern District for the U.S. District Court. During his career as a personal injury lawyer/auto accident compensation attorney, Steven has served as the co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation section for Broward County, Florida. He is also a Bronze member of the Florida Workers Advocates, a former member of the board, and serves as an “Eagle” member of the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers.
July 4th tends to evoke backyard barbecues, poolside cocktails, and fireworks at dusk. We usually think of spending this holiday with family, and staying close to home. On the contrary, AAA pegs the fourth as one of their busiest days. Did you know the average distance traveled on July 4th is 617 miles? What’s more, [..]
When most of us think about Fourth of July safety, we think about fireworks. Although improper use of fireworks can cause serious injuries, there’s a less obvious risk: food poisoning. Most Fourth of July celebrations involve outdoor gatherings, with perishable food that’s often brought in by a number of people, some of whom may not [..]
Summer is upon us, and it’s peak swimming pool season in the sunshine state. Although swimming is a great way to cool off and get some exercise, it can also be dangerous. Statistics show three children die every day from swimming pool accidents, and many more people sustain serious injuries. In many cases, these tragic [..]
Memorial Day offers a time to celebrate loved ones lost. It also signals the beginning of another Florida summer which often means road trip! In either case, we all find a reason and a way to cut loose. Unfortunately, these celebrations also lead to an uptick in car accidents. The primary causes? More cars on [..]
Johnson & Johnson has been a trusted name in cosmetics and household products for decades. However, in recent years, they have come under fire for lawsuits that suggest their talcum powder products caused cancer. The company isn’t just paying with a blow to their reputation, either. Earlier this year, a woman in California won $29 [..]
Every summer, Floridians look forward to that much needed break that summer camp provides: the kids to get away from the daily grind of the school year, and you to get a little breathing room from them. Exactly how much of a break would it be, though, if you’re still holding your breath in anticipation [..]
Temperatures are rising and a lot of long weekends are just around the corner. Whether you’re planning to hop in your boat for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or other summer holidays, it’s important to stay safe this season. Boating accidents do happen here in Florida, and many can be fatal. In 2017, 658 [..]
In the height of prom season, across the country, local police and first responders work with surrounding schools, survivors, and other drunk driving prevention organizations to reenact realistic reminders of why teens in their communities shouldn’t drink and drive. One survivor in Illinois recounted his experience of being ejected through a car window after plowing [..]
Cycling is not only a convenient and healthy way to get around in Florida, but it’s widely accepted as an effective means of reducing congestion on the road and improving the quality of our environment. However, the relationship between drivers and cyclists in Florida has always been tinged with antagonism. Motorists often complain that cyclists [..]
We live in an animal-loving society. Most of us interact with pets on a daily basis (ours or others), and they are an important part of many people’s lives. However, it is vital to remember that all animals are, at their core, wild, and sometimes things go wrong. What happens when an animal bites someone? [..]
Bars and advertisements for alcoholic products often encourage people to “drink responsibly,” but in some cases, the establishments or bartenders serving these drinks may be at least partially liable for a patron’s alcohol-related injury or death. Under certain circumstances, bars can—and should—be held responsible for over-serving patrons. Many states have “dram shop” laws (named [..]
Summertime is quickly approaching, which means barbecues, family vacations, and a lot of days sitting by the pool. While you and your loved ones enjoy the hot summer weather and cool water, it is important to keep yourself safe. In this post we will be focusing on swimming pool injuries and how to prevent them. [..]
The death of a loved one is traumatic and devastating experience— regardless of the cause. However, the ordeal can be especially upsetting if the death could have been avoided had it not been for the negligent actions of another. In Florida, surviving family members and loved ones may be able to recover compensation for [..]
Right now, all Florida drivers are required to have car insurance coverage that pays personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, but that may come to an end in 2019 if some lawmakers get their way. Florida currently operates under a “no-fault” system when it comes to paying insurance claims after a car accident. If a [..]
Florida’s summer is well underway, and the hot weather is a perfect excuse to get out on the water. With close to 900,000 registered vessels in the state, chances are that you or someone you know owns a boat and is planning to use it this season. Getting out on a lake or the ocean [..]
When you become a parent, every little decision regarding your child’s safety and development can become a hot debate. We’re not going to tell you how to raise your child, but we do have one piece of advice backed up with statistics from the AAP and NHTSA. When you are driving with your child, [..]
It’s not every day that you get into an accident and need to file a personal injury protection (PIP) suit. This type of litigation may be confusing to many, especially since PIP laws are constantly being debated and changed in Florida. However, it is possible for you to get through this process and receive [..]
What are your chances of getting hit by someone driving a rental car in Florida? Every year, the state of Florida has 15 million active drivers on its many roads and highways. About 250,000 drivers end up in car crashes annually in Florida. Since almost 85 million visitors come to enjoy Florida every year, [..]
Image: http://pixabay.com/en/dog-man-attacking-canine-training-78117/ When Pets Attack, They Can Cause Serious or Even Fatal Injuries Most people like dogs. How can you resist those adoring eyes, the wagging tail, and the warm, fuzzy head that seems to appear in your lap just when you’re feeling your lowest? So many Americans like dogs, in fact, that [..]
Car accidents can result in tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. How is it decided who will have to pay for these damages and bills? In Florida, it usually starts with personal injury protection (PIP). If you experience damages that add up to less than [..]