Millions of dollars are going to a victim of a fast food product infected with salmonella.
An Australian girl and her family brought a suit against Kentucky Fried Chicken. They say that a food item known as a chicken Twister Wrap that the then seven year old girl consumed in Sydney contained salmonella. This, they say, prompted the girl to suffer a brain injury known as salmonella encephalopathy. It caused the girl to incur a blood infection as well as to undergo septic shock. Additional ongoing injuries include spastic quadriplegia and severe impairment of speech, motor, and cognitive function.
The incident took place nearly seven years ago. Finally, after years of litigation, the New South Wales Supreme Court determined that KFC owes the girl $8 million (about $8.3 million in American currency) plus legal costs. The monetary damage announcement was made today.
The infection of the Twister wrap allegedly came about because proper food handling guidelines were not followed by at least one KFC employee, and maybe more. KFC has stated that they intend to appeal the decision, but have not done so since the final ruling came down a week ago.
As a Roseville personal injury lawyer, I understand better than most how vital proper food preparation procedures are to maintaining food safety. When these procedures aren’t followed, people can get hurt, as demonstrated by this story. Being a personal injury attorney in San Francisco, I sincerely believe that victims like this poor girl deserve proper restitution.