A Tennessee man was awarded more than $ 9 million after being served cleaning fluid instead of water at a Marion County Cracker Barrel.
William Cronnon ate at the restaurant in April 2014 for lunch when a waiter accidentally filled the glass with a mixture of water and Eco-San, a commercial-grade bleach, according to a lawsuit and press release from Cronnon’s attorney.
– Prosecutor William Cronnon took the drink, which turned out to be a chemical, corrosive substance known as Eco-San, it is stated in a changed lawsuit. “As a direct and immediate result of the incident, plaintiff William Cronnon suffered serious and sustained injuries that required medical attention.”[ads1];
Thomas Greer, Cronnon’s attorney, said his client went to the emergency room for treatment, according to the press release. He developed gastrointestinal problems such as common cramps, bloating, diarrhea and reflux immediately after the event.
Cronnon continues to suffer from these injuries, Greer said in a phone call Tuesday.
The case went to trial where a jury awarded Cronnon compensatory damages totaling $ 4.3 million and criminal damages of $ 5 million.
Cracker Barrel said in a statement: “Although we have great respect for the legal process, we are obviously disappointed and strongly disagree with the jury’s award in this case, which involved an unfortunate and isolated incident that occurred in one of our stores for eight years. years ago.”
A spokesman said the restaurant was considering its options but was “glad this case is behind us so we can better focus on taking care of our guests and staff around the country.”
According to the NBC-affiliated WRCB from Chattanooga, Cronnon will not be allowed to keep the full amount awarded due to a state law that puts a cap on financial damages. Greer said the law is unfair and “only protects companies, insurance companies and harms people who are seriously injured.”
Despite the restrictions, Greer said his client is happy with the money, but “would take all the money … and throw it into the ocean to go back in time and not let this happen to him.”