Wendy’s burger, salad sent me to hospital in pain, woman says in lawsuit

An Essex County woman filed a lawsuit against Wendy’s Corporation on Thursday, claiming she became extremely ill and went to the hospital after eating food she purchased at an East Orange restaurant.

The East Orange resident states in the lawsuits that on April 19, 2022, she visited Wendy’s restaurant in the 200 block of Central Avenue and purchased a Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe and Caesar Salad with Pomegranate Dressing and Parmesan Chips for $18.41.

She ate the food at home and soon began experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the lawsuit filed in Essex County Superior Court.

The next day, the woman went to CareWell Health Medical Center, formerly known as East Orange General Hospital, where she underwent tests and received medication for her symptoms.

“Plaintiff alleges that the food she ordered from Defendant Wendy’s was contaminated and caused her symptoms,” the complaint states.

The woman’s lawsuit alleges that Wendy’s and its employees failed to exercise reasonable care in preparing the food, which was “contaminated.”

The lawsuit does not say what the food might have been contaminated with, nor does it mention a diagnosis for Jones’ illness.

Wendy’s did not respond to a request for comment Friday. The attorney who filed the suit did not respond to calls for comment.

The lawsuit accuses Wendy’s of serving “unreasonably dangerous” food, which is an alleged violation of New Jersey’s implied warranty under the merchantability law. The chain also violated New Jersey’s Food and Drug Act and the state’s product liability law, the suit alleges.

The woman claims the incident caused her emotional distress and resulted in significant hospital expenses, medical bills and “other diagnostic medical expenses,” along with pain and suffering.

The woman is seeking to recover the money she spent on medical care and wages she lost by taking time off work to recover, along with other monetary damages “without limitation,” according to the lawsuit.

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