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Release the legal beagles!

December 2nd, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Politics

Cause of death: Dinnertainment

A piece of grilled shrimp flung playfully by a Japanese hibachi chef toward a tableside diner is being blamed for causing the man’s death.

Making a proximate-cause argument, the lawyer for the deceased man’s estate has alleged that the man’s reflexive response — to duck away from the flying food — caused a neck injury that required surgery.

Complications from that first operation necessitated a second procedure. Five months later, Jerry Colaitis of Old Brookville, N.Y., was dead of an illness that his family claims was proximately caused by the injury.

Alleging wrongful death, Colaitis’ estate is seeking $10 million in damages. The complaint includes claims for pain and suffering and loss of consortium.

Only in America, folks. Clearly, what we need now are laws restricting the sale and use of shellfish.

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