More lawsuits filed against Pasha in food poisoning outbreak
Two more lawsuits were filed today against Pasha Mediterranean Grill after a suspected salmonella outbreak at the restaurant’s Wurzbach Road location sickened several hundred people.
The latest legal action comes on top of two other lawsuits filed in the past week against the restaurant.
Metropolitan Health District has been investigating the outbreak and trying to determine the source of the foodborne illness.
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One of the law firms who filed suit — the Lange Law Firm, based in Houston — said in a news release that 347 people have reported becoming sick, while 14 people have been hospitalized. Metro Health did not immediately respond to a request for updated numbers this afternoon.
Pasha co-owner Kamran Hajivandi said the restaurant chain has insurance. “They’re working hard to resolve this matter,” he said of the insurance carrier.
One of the lawsuits filed today was lodged by four customers who reported they became ill after dining at Pasha’s location at 9339 Wurzbach Road on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1. Three of those people went to emergency rooms seeking relief from their symptoms, while the fourth was admitted to Methodist Stone Oak Hospital for 3½ days, the lawsuit said. The patient who was hospitalized was diagnosed with a salmonella infection.
Those four plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages.
A separate lawsuit was filed today by a San Antonio man who became ill after dining at the restaurant Aug. 30. He also went to an emergency room. He did not specify the amount of damages he is seeking.
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Nine people have joined another lawsuit that was filed last week against Pasha. Those patrons, who range from 13 to 49 years old, dined at the restaurant’s Wurzbach Road location on Aug. 31 and later became sick. Three of them tested positive for salmonella, the lawsuit said. The plaintiffs include a cheerleader at the University of the Incarnate Word and a San Antonio police officer.
A fourth lawsuit was filed earlier this week on behalf of a U.S. Navy veteran who became ill after eating at the restaurant on Aug. 31 and was later hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center. His doctors conducted tests and determined he had been infected by salmonella, the lawsuit said.
Houston law firm Ron Simon & Associates said it has been retained by more than 70 customers who became sick after eating at Pasha between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2. That law firm said in a news release that one Pasha employee, who was present when Metro Health went to the restaurant to investigate, reported seven employees had been sick in the days leading up to the health department’s intervention.
All of the lawsuits were filed in Bexar County.
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