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KFC Lawsuit Leads to $8.3 Million Verdict For Poisoned Girl

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Fried chicken vendor KFC on Friday was ordered to pay the family of an Australian girl nearly $8.3 million after a salmonella poisoning at one of the franchises stores left her in a coma for six-months with severe brain damage.

While Monika Samaan eventually woke from her six-month coma after eating a “Twister” wrap from a store located in Sydney, Australia, she suffered brain damage that has left her unable to speak and confined to a wheelchair.

In a statement following the verdict KFC said it was “deeply disappointed” in the outcome and is already planning an appeal.

In their verdict a judge of the Supreme Court of the state of New South Wales said KFC breached its duty in caring for the girl after they caused her bodily harm.

Speaking of the families circumstances at this time family attorney George Vlahakis told the BBC:

“Monika’s severe brain damage and severe disability has already exhausted the very limited resources of the family,” he said.

Vlahakis added:

“Monika is now a big girl and they are finding it increasingly difficult to lift her and to look after her basic needs as well as look after Monika’s younger siblings. The compensation ordered is very much needed. KFC have to date been determined that Monika does not receive a cent.”

KFC however argues that there is no proof that its contamination has led to Monika’s brain damage. The company says they feel sorry for the family while adding:

“We also have a responsibility to defend KFC’s reputation as a provider of safe, high-quality food.”

In the meantime the KFC location in question is also fighting claims that it was caught reusing chicken that had fallen on the floor.

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60 Responses to “KFC Lawsuit Leads to $8.3 Million Verdict For Poisoned Girl”

  1. Sally Mazza

    I agree Chris, s and not to mention they have been known to sell rotten chicken or what I was told" green" chicken I do not eat fast food just for that reason.

  2. Je Be

    I know someone who used to work at KFC, and they told me they used to drop chicken on the floor and then serve it quite frequently.

  3. Anonymous

    Hmmm, so you lost a lawsuit, and now will appeal causing a second injury. That has to make your PR man cringe. You lost, lose greacefully, and do something good with the loss.

  4. Racheal Murray

    If it can be legally, medically proven she ate the "chicken" containing salmonella, then KFC is responsible. So get over it. And remember people, Fast Food = Crap Food.

  5. Mickey Garlock

    My 1st job was KFC in 1972 and we used to reuse dropped Chicken all the time. We would get into trouble if we threw it out.

  6. Anonymous

    Big problem is high school students need work experience and fast foods need cheap labor. To carry on this love affair, there has to be a competent who really knows preparation of foods safely so that no one gets sick, instead of many getting sick. Should be a requirement by law that an expert is always superintending these places.

  7. Tinarita Alves

    as to the last statement of this article, I can attest to that being true. I worked at KFC as a teen and saw this happen regularly. the cooks also would take the rats and roaches and throw them in the deep fryer as entertainment. I hope and pray KFC pays this family ASAP. frivolous lawsuits are one thing, but it's just as bad when these corporate powerhouses refuse to make good on negligence.

  8. Jeff M Long

    This is so sick(like in disgusting sick) Im never going to eat there agin!

  9. Bucky Smith

    The only fried chicken I will eat, besides my own, is from Safeway- you can actually see them preparing it at the store in my neighborhood!

  10. Anonymous

    good for kfc, sorry for the girl and family. After seeing the way there suppliers treat their chickens and kfc knowing about it, they deserve it.

  11. Katondra Watkins

    I always get sick when I eat their so I just quit its disgusting it doesn't even taste the same like it used too when I was a kid!

  12. Marnie Cornelius

    You eat KFC all the time what are you talking about?

  13. Elaine Jenkins

    How do you know they are at fault? The family could have taken it home and left it out and then it hapens or KFC could be at fault but look at every option

  14. Elaine Jenkins

    How do you know they are at fault? The family could have taken it home and left it out and then it hapens or KFC could be at fault but look at every option

  15. Diana Engel

    I think some of these lawsuits are ridiculous & for excessive amounts. Lawyers make a lot of the money. Did they prove there was salmonella in the food she ate? Was there any in some other samples from the store? Did they prove the salmonella, if there was any, actually caused brain damage, & last but not least, did she wash her hands before she ate? A lot of the times restaurants may be blamed when customers may have contaminated the food themselves.

  16. Antonio Cruz Zavaleta

    look as a parent who has never taken his kid to any fast food restaurant, and also never goes to one, I must say , the parents in this case are as guilty as KFC, KFC make crap food parents take kids to eat crap!, shame on you, snd iam sorry because iam sure the parents do not need this now, but it pisse me off to know what life lasting consecuenses, the refusal to spend an hour cooking for your kids can have.

  17. Anonymous

    What F bags these corporate hacks are. The court should have awarded the family 80 mil. in punitive damages. And now they're going to waste time and the family's remaining emotional resources on an appeal.

  18. Anonymous

    So, they admit they served her contaminated food, (To which they feel did not cause her brain damage) yet feel the need to defend their reputation for serving safe food. That is a contradiction! Yet another greedy corporation desperatly clinging to their all might corporate profits. I guess there really are people out there who do not care about what they are doingto their own karma!

  19. Anonymous

    So, they admit they served her contaminated food, (To which they feel did not cause her brain damage) yet feel the need to defend their reputation for serving safe food. That is a contradiction! Yet another greedy corporation desperatly clinging to their all might corporate profits. I guess there really are people out there who do not care about what they are doingto their own karma!

  20. Schuyler V Johnson

    The last time I went to KFC, 3 years ago, I got violently ill for 2 daqys. I willl never go there again there's something wrong with their food and the people who work there. I go to Popeye's now, and the food is MUCH better.

  21. Anonymous

    I believe the judgement is excessive. However I think it would be a good PR move on KFC part to pay for medical expenses and legal fees while the amount is being appealed. They are liable and this is a terrible tragedy and I think this would be a good starting point.

  22. Anonymous

    I believe the judgement is excessive. However I think it would be a good PR move on KFC part to pay for medical expenses and legal fees while the amount is being appealed. They are liable and this is a terrible tragedy and I think this would be a good starting point.

  23. Patrick Allen

    fAST FOODS =BAD FOOD ISn't TRUE…DOn't BE BLAMING ALL FAST FOODS HERE JUST CAUSE AFEW IS BAD…NOT ALL IS BAD I MIND YOU, ALSO PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN COMMON SENSE HERE AND *THINK*..had to shout to get my point across or do I need to treat you all like a child? if you want to blame something than by all means BLAME yourself because YOU made a choice…i thought every human being had a brain….i guess not.

  24. Anonymous

    lot of times it the mangers that try to the change money.but kfc needs better control of its franchises also kfc needs to stand by the ruling of the court and not appeal.

  25. Anonymous

    It was proved that the KFC in question sold her solmonella tainted food, and that her current medical problems are a direct result of the ingestion of the tainted K.F.C. food, unfortunately this does not change the fact that no matter what this family does, this Young Girl will most likely die before K.F.C. pays fors for it. What really astounds me is that the Corproation will spend more $$$ trying not to pay the 8.3mill, than actually just paying it and being done with it.

  26. Anonymous

    I will not go to a KFC until they help this family and young girl. PERIOD.

  27. Anonymous

    I know a guy who was a cook at a KFC. He went into the refrigerator to get the tub of chicken. When he opened the lid, he could smell that it was going bad. He informed the manager and the manager told him that it was just the blood and to wash it off. After washing the chicken, he could still smell it. Calling his manager back again, he told him that he could still smell that it was bad. The manager told him to make it up anyway. Under protest, and needing his job, he cooked it up. After it came out cooked, he could still smell that it was bad. The manager put the chicken in the warmer. They sold some of it and later received a phone call from the person who had bought it that it was rancid. The manager came back and told him to throw out the chicken. My friend said, "If only you had listened to me in the first place." The manager's response was"Yeah, whatever." I haven't been to a KFC since.

  28. Tracie Mercer

    Their chickens? Don't think for a second that chickens bought in the grocery store are raised any different.

  29. Lynette Fulton Mahacek

    Always remember, big business is faultless, big business is faultless. Plus the middle class needs to subsidize these businesses in the form of utilities and health care for their under paid employees.

  30. Anonymous

    ky fried chicken are greedy when it comes to give a combo plates with no order of soda to go with it and its a shame they wont give a soda if you don't get soda with combo plates! what goes comes around has happen and kfc deserves to pay the girl millions for being poisoned also learn from fuckin mistakes you make and in the future do what's right for customers from getting poisoned as well include soda in your combo I mean all of your combo plates and buckets of 10 or 15 or 20 peices come with a jug of tea as a combo! DO SOME CHANGES! THIS IS GONNA BE HEARD, READ AND DONE SOMETHING ABOUT SINCE IVE REPORTED KFC HEADQUARTERS IN KENTUCKY, THEY NEVER LISTEN NOW AGAIN HERE S THE LAWSUIT AND GOTTEN WHAT GOES COMES AROUND NOW U LISTEN! THIS IS FROM WILMINGTON NC AND YOUR KY FRY CHICKEN STORES LOCATED HERE!

  31. Diane Johnson

    I was 6 months pregnant when a kfc in chicago served me raw chicken. they really didn't care that I was sick.

  32. Kelly Martino Capps

    My husband has been sick since april 28, 2008 from food poisoning from KFC in Bridgeport Connecticut. We have struggled and had horrible times through their actions. We have been told by multiple attorneys that it is sooo difficult to prove where the food poisoning came from. I feel for their family! the bacteria scarred his central nervous system. He looses his eyesight, ability to walk, has had to have at least 15 spinal taps to remove additional fluid that his body can no longer absorb. We have a 5, 6 and 16 yr old children that have watched their father deteriorate over these 4 years. I KNOW HOW THAT FAMILY FEELS AND KFC SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES! It is NOT ABOUT MONEY….. it is ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS!

  33. Kelly Martino Capps

    8.3 is NOT excessive! It costs more than people would think……. They will have to spend every cent to take care of their child….ALWAYS & FOREVER!

  34. Bobby Edmonds

    KFC chicken is amazing. What is wrong with you Scotty?

  35. Bobby Edmonds

    KFC chicken is amazing. What is wrong with you Scotty?

  36. Bobby Edmonds

    Did you learn about amazing when a fat cock hit you in the face scotty. Do you not like chicken, just cock meat?

  37. Dezzy Sorin

    Diana you haven t any clue about restaurants at all i was worked in kfc i know theme by heart they are very miserable i saw employers taking chicken from the floor in put in in the in the oil to fries i was even manager in kfc Diana Engel you don t even know what you talking about they are very idiot s those kfc s did you ever have you been to see the oil from kfc Diana ? the oil supposed to change every single day but they use even after 4 days i had even an argument before i became manager there with others managers but you couldn t talk to much about it because you actually attacking theme and if you do so then they sack out in a min and there is not Associations and peoples as you very know they are not Unit at all Diana always thing before you talking something that kfc have to assume they responsibility and to pay off and they have to admitted that they were wrong

  38. Dezzy Sorin

    Patrick Allen you should be that though to eat it from that stupid chicken and then i shall see you then after