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€6k payout for burger woman in food scare

A WOMAN who suffered an acute attack of gastroenteritis shortly after eating a fishburger in an Eddie Rockets restaurant has been awarded damages for personal injuries.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that Mrs Dolores Saunders had to have a doctor give her an injection as part of treatment in her home in the early hours of the morning following the meal.

Awarding Mrs Saunders, of Coultry Avenue, Santry, Dublin, €6,500 damages against Eddie Rockets (Ireland) Ltd, Judge Linnane said that on the balance of probabilities the attack had been caused by the fish meal.


The court heard that just over two hours after Mrs Saunders had eaten the Moby Dick in Eddie Rockets of South Anne Street, Dublin, on February 25, 2006, she had felt weak and dizzy and had suffered an attack of diarrhoea, cramps and vomiting.

She told Judge Linnane the symptoms continued into the night and her husband had to call her doctor to treat her at home at 5am.

Beaumont Hospital consultant microbiologist Edmund Smith told barrister Adrianne Fields, for the restaurant, that the winter vomiting disease had been rife in the community for the past number of years.