Old 12th January 2006, 22:10   #1
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Family: "Man died while ducking flying shrimp"

Yeah...No...The title didn't make much sense to me either, until I actually read the article...

http://www.local6.com/news/6030903/detail.html

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Family: Man Died After Ducking Flying Shrimp

POSTED: 3:11 pm EST January 12, 2006

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A shrimp a hibachi chef tossed at a man eating at a Japanese steakhouse ultimately led to the diner's death, his family claims in a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the restaurant chain Benihana.

Jerry Colaitis wrenched his neck when he ducked to avoid the shrimp in the chain's Munsey Park restaurant, attorney Andre Ferenzo said in opening statements Wednesday.

Months after the January 2001 incident, the 43-year-old Long Island man died from complications caused by neck surgery he required afterward, the lawyer said.

Benihana lawyer Charles Connick said it was unlikely a chef who works for tips would toss food at customers after being asked not to, as Ferenzo claimed. Even if that happened, Connick added, the cause of Colaitis' death was an infection or neck injury unrelated to the shrimp.

Benihana chefs mix dining with entertainment as they grill Japanese food in front of patrons. Ferenzo said some of them have become more daring in recent years, but Connick said customers enjoy the experience.

"Some customers, especially dads and sons, want to catch the food," Connick said. "The evidence will show that it was part of the show."

Colaitis, of Old Brookville, underwent neck surgery in June 2001, but there were complications, and he had numbness in his arm, Ferenzo said. He died that November, a day after checking into a hospital with a 105-degree fever.
...and yet, the whole issue still doesn't make sense itself...

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Old 13th January 2006, 00:38   #2
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Wow. That guy must have had one helluva neck to kill himself just by turning it.

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Old 13th January 2006, 00:53   #3
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Yey flying japanese shrimp!
Boo, sue-happy dead guy's family!


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Old 13th January 2006, 02:21   #4
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1. Do something stupid or hurt yourself accidentally
2. ???
3. Profit!

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Old 13th January 2006, 17:04   #5
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Suppose I could sue a hot girl because she walked past me, I turned my head and hurt my neck too?

Oooh...look at that as.... OW, MY NECK!

People who sue for shit like this need to be shot.

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Old 13th January 2006, 17:17   #6
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thats dumb...

and those chefs aren't asses...i dont believe their story
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Old 13th January 2006, 17:47   #7
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Wow. That guy must have had one helluva neck to kill himself just by turning it.
That's not hard to do. You use your neck often and quick jolts and turns happen frequently. If he had any kind of problems with it, then he should have had visits to the doctor periodically. They just don't let you go if you had complications.

I doubt that this will hold in court. Its just a waste of everyone's time.
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Old 14th January 2006, 00:29   #8
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Yeah. This is a complete waste of valuable court time.

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Old 14th January 2006, 00:57   #9
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Grand juries throw out this crap in a matter of seconds.
this is just getting press because it's really lame.


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Old 14th January 2006, 12:53   #10
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And the press only ever goes for either really lame or really boring.

Get this:

2 minutes on Ariel Sharon's condition

14 on man who pointed a gun at police and got promptly arrested (I was there. Fordham Road. Right in front of Mike's Pawn shop)

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Old 14th January 2006, 19:38   #11
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I "love" how the press invents news. Especially CBS. Watch the CBS evening news and consider. Was this news or was this some BS they made up to fill up 3 minutes?.

My favorite was about a 6 minute piece on the dangers of insecured TV sets. I guess some people are stupid enough to put big televisions on flimsy stands. So they go on and on about how dangerous this is. Then we get to the end. There might have been a dozen kids hurt a year by having a TV fall on them. You are more likely to be struck by lightning!.
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Old 14th January 2006, 19:49   #12
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Cue NPR, one of the few radio stations that isn't owned by clearchannel, and actually produces interesting stories. No crap about falling TV sets. Morons.

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Old 16th January 2006, 16:49   #13
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Shouldn't they be sueing the doctors performing the surgery? He died for complications during neck surgery, not while allegedly ducking out of the way of flying shrimp.
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Old 17th January 2006, 05:17   #14
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But you can't sue the doctor easily. They have been well protected with special laws to protect them.

Part of that was necessary, because some categories of doctors (particularly pediatricians and obstetritions) couldn't get malpractice insurance.

And I've seen weaker cases won in a court. Who knows what a jury will decide.

I lost a court case filed by a kid that mowed half of my lawn. I wouldn't pay him until he finished the yard. The judge decided that I had to pay him anyway.

So I got half a lawn mowed, had to rent a mower and finish the job myself.

So I got to pay $120 (with court costs) to mow my own lawn.

Go figure.
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Old 17th January 2006, 13:04   #15
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here's a tip for roh: Move away from Oregon.
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Old 17th January 2006, 17:39   #16
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Here in NYC, you would have won.

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Old 17th January 2006, 20:21   #17
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First time I read the title I had to double take as I got some of the letters a bit muddled and thought that the man died while doing inappropriate things to a drying shrimp..... argh!
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Old 17th January 2006, 21:05   #18
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But you can't sue the doctor easily. They have been well protected with special laws to protect them.

Part of that was necessary, because some categories of doctors (particularly pediatricians and obstetritions) couldn't get malpractice insurance.

And I've seen weaker cases won in a court. Who knows what a jury will decide.

I lost a court case filed by a kid that mowed half of my lawn. I wouldn't pay him until he finished the yard. The judge decided that I had to pay him anyway.

So I got half a lawn mowed, had to rent a mower and finish the job myself.

So I got to pay $120 (with court costs) to mow my own lawn.

Go figure.
sounds pretty reasonable to me... you could have gotten stuck with damages too.

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