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Diner Sues Restaurant After Eating Whole Artichoke

A doctor in Florida is suing a restaurant for allegedly failing to warn him not to eat an entire artichoke. Dr. Arturo Caravajal, a family...
December 21, 2010

A doctor in Florida is suing a restaurant for allegedly failing to warn him not to eat an entire artichoke. Dr. Arturo Caravajal, a family practice doctor, is suing Houston's in North Miami Beach restaurant for alleged negligence and is seeking unspecified damages.

Dr. Carvajal said he had never seen an artichoke before, and his waiter never told him that the outside portion of the leaf is indigestible. As a result, Dr. Carvajal began "experiencing severe abdominal pain and discomfort," according to the suit. An exploratory procedure revealed artichoke leaves lodged in his small bowel.

Carvajal alleges the restaurant and its manager were negligent in failing to train table servers to tell patrons about "the proper method of consuming an artichoke." He is seeking damages for bodily injury, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, medical expenses and a "loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life."

Click here to read Diner Sues Restaurant for Artichoke Negligence (Miami Times 11/18/10)