When New York parents rely on school-provided lunches for their children, their concerns are likely things like cost or nutrition. One aspect that probably doesn't even cross their minds is whether the contents of that lunch might be hazardous or toxic. A products liability suit in another state might cause some parents to start second-guessing this.
According to the recently filed complaint, a middle-school student procured her school lunch as usual one June day approximately two years ago. As part of that meal, she received orange juice. However, immediately after drinking the beverage, she experienced a burning sensation in her throat.
When she then began vomiting uncontrollably, she was rushed to a children's hospital. There, she had to be treated for ingestion of the poisonous cleaning solution that had apparently been present in the orange juice, according to the complaint. The lawsuit holds responsible the manufacturer of the orange juice, Producer's Dairy Foods Inc.
In addition to Producer's Dairy Foods Inc., the suit names as defendants Does 1 through 25 in case other responsible parties become apparent at a later date. The suit alleges, among other counts, strict product liability and negligence and requests trial by jury. As the injured girl is a minor, the lawsuit was filed by her guardian ad litem and seeks judgement for general damages, legal costs and further relief as the court considers proper. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, successfully-litigated products liability suits in New York often result in monetary damages that can be used towards things like medical expenses and compensation for the injured party's pain and suffering.
Source: norcalrecord.com, "Student alleges Producer's Dairy Foods juice contained cleaning solution, caused injuries", Noddy A. Fernandez, July 11, 2017