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Contact Lens Found Embedded in Frozen Pizza May Lead to Chicago Personal Injury Claim for Emotional Distress

Without doubt, there are some situations in which emotional pain can be just as serious and devastating as physical pain.

Fortunately Illinois personal injury law affords a remedy for those types of situations. In Chicago wrongful death cases, for instances, family members of victims killed by the negligence of other persons or companies may recover damages for having had to experience grief and sorrow as a result of losing a loved one.

But, of course, not all situations are as somber as the loss of a family member. Nevertheless, the law still provides a remedy. Under Illinois personal injury law the tort of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress provides that an individual may have a claim if another person creates a foreseeable risk of physical injury to the first person either by threatening physical harm, and that intimidation leads to emotional distress, or if another person directly causes severe emotional distress that causes physical symptoms to the first person.

Just this week, while eating a frozen pizza manufactured by a well-known Chicago company, a 24 year-old Chicago native discovered a contact lens embedded in the slice she was eating. The victim reported that she did not use or wear contact lenses.

Following the incident, the woman had to be hospitalized for dehydration due to excessive vomiting. She stated, “I just couldn’t get out of my head the thought that something that had been in a stranger’s eye had ended up in my pizza.”

The company responsible for manufacturing the contact lens-laden meal is a Chicago-based pizzeria chain that began as a restaurant, and has since expanded to a corporation whose frozen pizza products are disseminated to consumers in twenty states. Illinois product liability law is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products; it is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others who manufacture and disseminate goods to the public are held responsible for the injuries caused by those products. “Products” in this instance covers a wide range of categories, including foodstuffs.

When corporations manufacture a product, they have the responsibility to ensure the safety of that product before the merchandise is put on the market and sold to consumers. This is especially true for corporations whose products must undergo extensive testing before they are distributed to consumers. When a company makes a product that is defective or dangerous – or, as in this situation, contains dangerous inclusions – and that product harms the person using that product, the company may be held legally responsible for the customer’s injuries. Because the woman suffered severe nausea, vomiting, and ultimately dehydration as a result of the emotional distress caused by the repulsive inclusion in her food, the frozen pizza company could potentially be liable for damages in a Chicago personal injury lawsuit for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Our attorneys handle cases of personal injury that run the gamut from nursing home abuse and negligence to product liability cases. If you or a loved one have been harmed by the negligent acts of an individual or corporation, contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights under the law; you may be entitled for compensation for your suffering.