Deep fryer injury leads to suit against Pita Falafel

The Cook County Record Feb. 6, 2015, 12:05pm

A man who claims he sustained serious burns when a deep fryer tipped over while working at a Mediterranean drive-thru and grill in Palos Hills is suing.

Mohammed Jaghama filed suit Feb. 5 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Pita & Falafel Corner Inc., commonly known as Pita Falafel at 10348 S. Harlem Ave., and its owner, Nawaf Quaiti.

According to the complaint, Jaghama was performing food preparation duties in the kitchen on May 15, 2013, when he opened up the door of the deep fryer to turn on the gas and flame.

The fryer, which Jaghama contends was unstable because it had been set up on rocks, "became dislodged and tipped forward spilling hot oil onto [his] right arm causing him burn injuries."

He alleges the defendants knew or should have known the deep fryer was a hazard, but failed to warn him about the danger, train him on how to properly use the dryer and provide adequate supervision and protective clothing.

Jaghama is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from each defendant and is represented by Dexter J. Evans of Woodruff Johnson & Palermo in Aurora

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