Losing a loved one is almost never easy. He could die peacefully in his sleep or violently, and accepting that loss still is hard to accept. When a death is preventable, however, surviving friends and family members have the tendency and right to be especially upset.
A California man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after his father died due to eating a dangerous product. Most people understand that improperly handled eggs can cause illness. In this particular situation, bad eggs led to the tragic death of an 89-year-old man.
According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff accuses two parties of negligence leading to his father's passing. He is suing the farm that produced and shipped out eggs contaminated with salmonella, and he is suing the restaurant that served his father the contaminated eggs.
The plaintiff's father is the only person who died from the salmonella outbreak caused by the eggs. About 1,300 people throughout the country, 266 from California, became sick because of the bacterial contamination.
Millions of eggs were recalled when the contamination was discovered, but that recall wasn't enough to save the elderly victim from ordering -- and being served -- bad eggs for breakfast at a restaurant. He became sick and was found in his own excrement before being taken to the hospital and ultimately dying when his family had to take him off of life support.
It doesn't matter how old someone is when he dies. If his death could have been prevented by a farm and restaurant simply taking the safety precautions that they should have taken, then the family has every right to seek justice on behalf of their loved one.
Source: Contra Costa Times, "Family files lawsuit in death of East Bay man who ate salmonella-tainted eggs," Paul T. Roysnsky, June 5, 2012