A Rhode Island food poisoning lawyer discusses a rare case of a big corporation settling a food poisoning case. In a refreshing show of good corporate citizenship, Chipotle stepped to the plate, took responsibility and compensated injured victims. Chipotle settled with nearly all the victims of the food poisoning claims. For once, a major corporation steps to the plate, pays legitimate claims and does not force victims to litigate. Whatever, their motivation was, they deserve credit for this.
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Those who follow our writings know that we have authored dozens of articles railing against big insurance. We have written about corporate greed. We have held corporate America and indemnity companies accountable for their delay, deny, denigrate the victim and litigate culture that is pervasive.
Chipotle does the right thing and pays up!
“Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to financial settlements with more than 100 customers who fell ill after eating at its restaurants last year, lawyers for the consumers said, as it attempts to move on from a string of food-safety problems. The burrito chain’s strategy of resolving claims out of court, which has not previously been reported, shows it wants to avoid drawn-out public battles over foodborne illnesses that battered the company’s stock price and reputation.” Insurance Journal
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“The claims, settled over the last six months or so, involved people whose illnesses were verified by medical tests, Marler said. Most were never filed in courts. The way that Chipotle has been handling the legitimate claims has been textbook appropriate,” Marler said. “They’ve taken responsibility.”
“The bacteria and viruses that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths in the United States are described below and include:
- Clostridium perfringens
- E. coli
- Salmonella” Food safety
“Other important bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness include:
- Bacillus cereus
- Hepatitis A
- Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcal [Staph] Food Poisoning)
- Vibrio Species Causing Vibriosis” Id.
Disappointing and embarrassing
Resolving customers’ claims privately allows Chipotle to “try and move forward from a disappointing and embarrassing issue,” said Lonny Sweet, chief executive officer for The Connect Group, a marketing agency focused on food. The last thing that they want is a battle in the courtroom over paying these people money because that keeps it in the news,” said Howard Penney, a managing director for research firm Hedgeye Risk Management, who follows Chipotle.” Insurance Journal
Cynics will be cynics
But at the end of the day, chipotle’s motivation is irrelevant. Some cynics will claim that Chipotle deserves no credit for fairly, justly and generously settling with the injured victims. These cynics will say Chipotle did it to avoid an embarrassing trial and further publicity of this unfortunate event. But at the end of the day , chipotle’s motivation is irrelevant. They paid the victims fairly and they deserve credit for this. They told their high powered insurance defense lawyers and adjusters to stand down, and treat victim’s justly and fairly.
No Bad faith tactics by Chipotle
There was none of the typical bad faith deleterious an incendiary insurance tactics in this case such as:
- the unfortunate practice of blaming the injured victim for their own injury. This is a terrible practice often perpetrated by insurance.
- alleging that the injured victim actually got sick at another restaurant , fast food joint or at home
- claiming the victim had a preexisting injury (even if it was from years before) and therefore their negligence did not cause the injuries
- delaying payment so they can use the victim’s settlement money to earn further income, this is earning money off the float.
- undermining the credibility of the injured victim by bringing up old criminal convictions or irrelevant embarrassing online posts
- forcing multiple injured victims to litigate separately to drive up their costs
- alleging that the victims were partially responsible or assumed the risk
- denying the claim. This is something insurance adjusters are very good at.
- character assassination of the victim including calling the victim a liar, criminal or untrustworthy
- alleging the injured victims over treated, under-treated or did not treat
- alleging that the victim’s injury was exaggerated or imaginary or that the victim is mentally ill. This usually involves trying to obtain the victim’ s psychological records to attempt to shame them into a pennies on the dollar settlement
- deleterious illegal low ball settlement tactics
- seeking irrelevant information to embarrass the victims. That old nude picture that an ex put up on the internet will be fodder for de facto extortion.
- paying top high priced personal injury insurance defense victims to litigate for years
Hardball litigation tactics by insurance companies
Insurance carriers, corporate America and insurance adjusters often practice illegal hard ball litigation tactics that are considered bad faith. These tactics are especially prevalent in food poisoning lawsuits. The most well known and infamous tactics are delaying payment of legitimate claims, denial of claims covered by the policy and “low ball” settlement tactics.
Some other types of bad faith insurance tactics:
• Denial of a legitimate Rhode Island personal injury claim without providing a valid reason or any rationale or justification
• Failure to perform a thorough, fair and complete investigation into a personal injury, car accident, premises liability or property damage claim
• Delay payment for compensation of a valid claim for years or perhaps many years. Make threatening or misleading statements to injured victims filing a claim for tort compensation
• Misrepresent policy language or the law concerning insurance coverage
• Ignore phone calls and letters from victims and deny such calls occurred
• Prolong negotiations for a settlement unnecessarily with hopes that the victim will become desperate as a result of foreclosure or bankruptcy
• Tell the claimant the file has been lost, destroyed or transferred to another office
• Making statements that the claim was filed too late, even when the statute of limitations has not yet expired!
• Offer substantially less compensation to the RI injured victim than the value of the claim
• Refusal to pay any compensation of a valid negligence and injury claim including wrongful death, RI slip and fall and Providence construction accident claims
• Refuse a legitimate or reasonable request for documents, pictures or evidence they have compiled.
Food poisoning in RI
If you were injured as a result of food poisoning in RI, then contact a Rhode Island food poisoning attorney. If you were injured in an accident in Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, contact a Providence personal injury attorney. A RI personal injury lawyer who is also a car accident lawyer in Rhode Island will fight to get the seriously injured victim justice and compensation that they are entitled to.
Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any RI food poisoning lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.