Visitor Question

How does an avocado stem get into a sandwich at a restaurant?

Submitted By: (Tampa, Florida)

On May 16, 2016 I stopped by a local Panera Bread restaurant in my neighborhood to get a bite to eat before my Doctors appointment, only to find a very hard piece of stem from the avocado tree in my turkey avocado sandwich. It felt very hard, sharp and I thought it might have chipped or broken a tooth.

I proceeded to remove the object from my mouth, still not knowing at all what it was. I do know that it caused me tremendous anxiety. Since then, and to this day I am fearful and very cautious of what I eat and constantly feeling like I need to inspect everything I eat or consume now. It’s really bothering me mentally.

How do I go about resolving these persistent reoccurring thoughts of worry that another similar incident may occur again? What are my options? What is the proper way to build a case in my defense? Awaiting your reply. Thank you.

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Dear ,

To resolve the “persistent reoccurring (sic) thoughts of worry that (sic) another similar incident may occur again” may require some type of therapy. Contact a local psychologist or psychologist in your area.

To have the basis of a personal injury claim against Panera Bread will require proof of the following:

– Panera Bread knew, or should have known there was an object in the food which might be dangerous and cause injury to you

– Panera Bread ignored the danger

– As a result, you were injured

You have no evidence of any of the above. More importantly, you didn’t sustain any real injuries; that is unless you call your “reoccurring (sic) thoughts of worry” an injury…and you can’t unless you have a narrative from a licensed mental health professional. It’s probably time to move on with your life.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: June 3, 2016

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