(CNN) – A Marion County, Tennessee, arbitrator has ordered restaurant chain Firecracker Barrel to pay $9.4 million per person, saying the company was responsible for giving him a tall drink of the chemical instead of ‘water.
Reward amount may be limited due to Tennessee civil damages law.
“The jury awarded $4.3 million in damages in just 30 minutes – one of the fastest verdicts we’ve ever seen – and after 10 minutes of further deliberations, awarded $5 million in damages and interest,” said Thomas Greer, attorney for plaintiff William Cronon. , told CNN.
“The speed of the verdict, coupled with more sums than we’ve heard, speaks volumes about how dangerous the cracker-barrel policy is,” Greer said.
Cracker Barrel said he was “disappointed” with the decision.
“While we have great respect for the legal process, we are apparently disappointed with the arbitral decision in this case. The unfortunate and isolated incident occurred at one of our stores eight years ago,” the division said. In a statement sent to CNN by Parel Media Relations.
“While we consider our options regarding this judgment, we are pleased to have this matter behind us so that we can better focus on caring for our guests and staff across the country,” the statement added.
That’s what happened in the cracker barrel
Cronon was having lunch at a cracker joint in Marion County in April 2014 when he gulped down what he thought was water, “it wasn’t ice water, but chemicals that gave him caused a burning sensation in the mouth and esophagus,” according to court documents obtained by CNN.
According to court documents, it was later discovered that Cronnon had supplied Eco-San with a chemical used as a cleaning agent in the kitchen.
According to the complaint, Eco-San, described as a corrosive chemical, caused serious and permanent bodily injury to Cronnon.
Cronon is still suffering from symptoms, including injuries to his mouth and esophagus, Greer said, for which he is paying medical bills.
“The cracker barrel’s negligence not only caused physical harm to the client, but also ripped away part of his identity,” he said.
Cronon declined to comment, Greer said.